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Chauchilla Cemetery (Cementerio de Chauchilla)

Chauchilla Cemetery




Location: 19 mi (30 km) South of Nazca

Used: 200 AD- 900 AD

Entrance Fee: 7 USD




Description of Chauchilla Cemetery

Chauchilla Cemetery is situated 19 mi (30 km) South of Nazca in Peru.  Chauchilla Cemetery is a World famous burial site that contains well preserved mummified human remains that date back to pre- Hispanic and even pre- Incan period. Most of the burials here date back to 200 AD- 900 AD. People who were buried here belonged to the Nasca people who were also famous for creation of the Nasca Lines that are situated nearby. No one knows why they chose the site on the bank of Poroma river as the site of their necropolis, but it is possible that it played an important role in the religion of these people.


The last burial here was date back to the 10th century. The site was abandoned, but local huaqueros (grave robbers) often visited this site and stole whatever they could get their hands on. Human remains were simply discarted on the desert floor around this archaeological site. Their scattered bones are still visible today.


Rediscovery of Chauchilla Cemetery

Chauchilla Cemetery was re- discovered by scientists only in the 1920s. It became an important source of information on people of the Nazca culture. In 1997 state of Peru finally turned ancient necropolis into a protected archaeological site. Today Chauchilla Cemetery is accessible via a dirt track from the Panamerican Highway. 





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