Peru Archaeology...
Peru Pictures from a distant past


Peru Archaeology. Mochica Potery
Mochica Portrait (Mochica Potery) - © Larco Museum

The following images are part of the collection of Anibal Solimano, a veteran Peruvian photographer and a personal friend of mine. Based in Lima, Anibal has traveled extensively throughout Peru both on assignment and personal interest.

Also from his authorship, we'll soon see a portfolio from the Peruvian Sierra or Highlands and the Peruvian Jungle.

Do you need pictures of Peru?
Contact Anibal at: solimanoanibal[at]yahoo.com or through his Blog.


The Chavin culture flourished in modern-day Peru between circa 900BC and 200BC.

They developed agriculture, learned how to tame llamas, produced elaborated cotton textiles and discovered the techniques of gold, silver and copper metallurgy.

As for their art, Chavin culture has produced the first recognizable artistic style on the Andes, using mainly the technique known as contour rivalry.

The famous Raimondi Stela - a seven feet high piece of art made of polished granite - is one of the best examples of this approach.
We can see the Raimondi Stela here.

The Old temple of Chavin de Huantar, major ceremonial center from their early period, it's located some 250 km to the North of Lima.


Moche or Mochica (Early Chimu) culture developed from circa 100AD to 800AD.
They had no written language as the Chavin or even the Incas for that matter, buy they've excelled through their sophisticated ceramics and pottery.

Virtually all their important activities are documented in their pottery, including a vast collection of erotic art. To learn more about it visit the Larco Museum.


Being primarily farmers, the Moches inhabited the valleys of the North coast of Peru. A list of archaeological sites part of the Moche culture includes...

Chachapoyas, also known as the "cloud people", inhabited the Andean tropical cloud forests between the Marañon and Huallaga rivers in the department of Amazonas of modern-day Peru.

Their most famous archaeological remains include the impressive Kuelap fortress citadel, Vira Vira, Gran Pajaten as well as tombs like Laguna de los Condores and Los Pinchudos.

Chachapoyas were conquered by the Incas, in the second half of the 15th. century, during the government of Tupac Inca Yupanqui.
For more info visit Leymebamba Museum.


To learn more about Peru's archaeological treasures, please download this booklet produced by the Corporation or Tourism Promotion of Peru (PromPeru).
It's called Peru's Pre-Hispanic Archaeological Legacy.
Download this PDF file here.

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Peru Archaeology: Chachapoyas Architecture Peru Archaeology:
Chachapoyas Architecture
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Peru Archaeology: Inca trail Peru Archaeology:
Inca Road

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Peru Archaeology: Icons of Chachapoyas Culture Peru Archaeology:
Icons of Chachapoyas Culture

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Peru Archaeology: Warrior of the Moche Culture Peru Archaeology:
Warrior of the Moche Culture

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Peru Archaeology: Mummy of the Chachapoyas Culture Peru Archaeology:
Mummy of the Chachapoyas Culture

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Peru Archaeology: Mummy feet Peru Archaeology:
Mummy feet

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Peru Archaeology: Iconography of the Chavin Culture Peru Archaeology:
Iconography of the Chavin Culture

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Peru Archaeology: Chachapoyas Culture tomb Peru Archaeology:
Chachapoyas Culture Tomb

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Peru Archaeology: Coaxa-Moche culture Peru Archaeology:
Coaxa-Moche culture

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Peru Archaeology: Sipan Culture Peru Archaeology:
Sipan Culture

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Peru Archaeology: Pictography of the Chachapoyas culture Peru Archaeology:
Pictography of the Chachapoyas Culture

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Peru Archaeology: Moche Culture Peru Archaeology:
Moche Culture

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Peru Archaeology: Cabeza clava. Chavin de Huantar Peru Archaeology:
Cabeza Clava. Chavin de Huantar
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Peru Archaeology: Moche tomb of the Sipan culture Peru Archaeology:
Moche Tomb of the Sipan Culture

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Peru Archaeology: Chachapoyas tomb. Funerary capsule or Peru Archaeology:
Chachapoyas Tomb. Funerary capsule or "Purunmachu"

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Peru Archaeology: Moche Ceramic of the Sipan culture Peru Archaeology:
Moche Ceramic of the Sipan Culture

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Peru Archaeology: Laguna de los Condores Peru Archaeology:
Laguna de los Condores
(Lake of the Condors)
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