Nazca Nasca LinesThe Nasca (Nazce) Culture thrived from approximately 300 BC - 1,000 AD. Their economic activity was based on agriculture, trade, and fishing. In agriculture they achieved a high developmen being skilled manufacturers of hydraulic works, underground aqueducts, artificial watering systems, and reservoirs that are still well preserved and in daily use.

Although the main cultural expressions of this old civilization are the famous Nazca Lines, they were outstanding as ceramic painters. Their ceramics, decorated with animal drawings, geometric shapes, and scenes of daily life, used up to 11 colors. Their huacos have been classified into three stages. The first stage had inspiration in nature, figures of animals, and vegetables. The second stage was based on abstract figures. The third and final stage was the multiplication of the abstract motives with complicated geometric and mythological figures. More about the Nasca Culture?

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Pre-Hispanic (Pre-Columbian) Peruvian Huacos
Nazca Huaco 32
Pre-Hispanic (Pre-Columbian) Peruvian Huacos
Nazca Huaco 27

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The Huacos Of Peru

The main language of the Andean people is Quenhuan. Prior to the Pre-Columbian (Pre-Hispanic) period of Peru, ceremonial pottery was buried with the dead. From the Quechua word "huaca" (meaning holy burial site), Peruvians now call the ancient ceramics found therein "huacos". The term is culturally generic; that is, it does not refer to a particular culture or time period of Peru.

Reproductions of Pre-Hispanic Huacos are especially popular with tourists, and can be typically found in markets and shops throughout Peru, and often on the streets from "huaqueros" (grave robbers). The Huacos offered here were obtained from many different sources over a period of many years during our travels throughout Peru. Some are obviously reproductions. The authenticity of those obtained from street venders cannot be determined. Each is offered in an as is condition, many with either authentic aged nicks and discoloration or well crafted fakery.