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Cerro Sechin, Casma

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Cerro Sechín is an archaeological site in Casma Province of Ancash Region in northern Peru. Dating to 1600 BC, the site was discovered by Peruvian archaeologists Julio C. Tello and Toribio Mejía Xesspe on July 1, 1937. Tello believed it was the capital of an entire culture, now known as the Casma/Sechin culture or Sechin complex. Notable features include megalithic architecture with carved figures in bas-relief, which graphically dramatize human sacrifices. Cerro Sechín is situated within the Sechin Alto Complex, as are Sechin Bajo, and Taukachi-Konkan. There is a small on-site museum. The slabs at Cerro Sechin may represent the central Andes' oldest known monumental sculpture.GeographyCerro Sechín sits on a granitic hill, in the Casma Valley. It is located east of the Pan-American Highway, from the provincial capital of Casma and north of Lima. It is situated from the Pacific Ocean, near the confluence of the Sechin and Moxeke Rivers at an altitude of above sea level. The site contains walled enclosures around dwellings as well as temple platforms. Although the archaeological site occupies approximately, the monuments are grouped in a single hectare.
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  • The site is well worth visiting and provides a valuable insight into the development of a riparian civilisation. Go, experience, imagine and speculate. History in the raw.  more »
  • Regardless of which way you are traveling to/from Casma, the narrow entrance to this complex is very easy to miss. Best counsel: Look it up on Google Maps, open Street Level, and "drive past" the entr...  more »
  • A really interesting site. Little seems to have been written about it and the guide books give a few lines at best. The wall shows various body parts as well as rulers/warriors. Reminded me of the cor...  more »