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Chavin culture

The Chavín were an early civilization that existed in what is now the country of Peru. This Early Horizon civilization is believed to have developed c. 900 BCE and died out c. 300 BCE.

Archaeological finds from the Chavin period include textiles, metalwork, pottery and religious artifacts. The most well-known archaeological ruin of the Chavin era is Chavin de Huantar, located in the Andean highlands north of Lima. It is believed to have been built c. 900 BCE.

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