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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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  • 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...  read more »
  • I love to see these ruins, very well preserved and are at the entrance of huaraz, much to learn.
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  • The Museum has enough to be more visited, but missing a lot of information, there are two Peruvian dogs that accompanied the people of the Peruvian coast since pre inca, lack a little more than reports stationery or a plane. But for lovers of archaeology is a good site.
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