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One of the grave pits at Chauchilla Cemetary in Nazca
Taking off in a Cesna to fly over the Nazca lines
It was a bright sunny day heading down into Nazca from the mountains, but the city itself was covered by clouds. Very cool sight!
Cochineals are farmed in the traditional method by planting infected cactus pads or infecting existing cacti with cochineals (insects) and harvesting the insects by hand. Harvesting the insects is labour-intensive, as they must be individually knocked, brushed, or picked from the cacti and placed into bags. The insects are gathered by small groups of collectors who sell them to local processors or exporters. To produce dye from cochineals, the insects are collected when they are approximately 90 days old. Eventually they can even kill the cactus. When the cacti are covered in fat female insects, about 90 days later, they are cut down and the insects are scraped off. They are killed by various methods, including putting them in hot water, steaming them, baking in a special oven or just leaving them out in the sun. A deep crimson dye is extracted from the female cochineal insects. Cochineal is used to produce scarlet, orange, and other red tints. It takes about 70,000 insects to make half a kilogram of cochineal dye. The market price of cochineal was between 50-80 USD per kilogram, while synthetic raw food dyes are available at prices as low as 10–20 USD per kilogram. It is used in many foods as a ‘natural’ food colouring and is also used in traditional textiles for dying fabric. Even the famous British army ‘Redcoats’ and the Pope's red robes were coloured with cochineal.
Discovered in the early 1900s, the Nazca Lines consist of hundreds of geometric, animal, and human figures drawn into the desert floor. These lines were created by the ancient Nazca culture which thrived between 400-650 AD. The lines vary in complexity and include figures such as hummingbirds, monkeys, fish, lizards, spiders, trees, and humans. There are also hundreds of geometric shapes and long, straight lines of up to 60 km (37 miles) in length. Plenty has been learned about the lines and the Nazca people but there is still no definite conclusion on why the Nazca built the figures and shapes. One theory suggests that the figures represent star constellations. Another theory suggests the lines are linked with the flow of water, from the surround mountains, which was extremely important to this ancient desert culture. ~ Chelsea Schmidt
For many years Chauchilla cemetery was looted by treasure hunters, who destroyed the place completely, taking away all the treasures the mummies kept in their tombs for centuries. Grave robbers just left behind the corpses, which can be seen today all over the ground. In addition to skulls and bones, visitors also can see several tombs centuries’ old, as well as long human hairs, ceramic fragments and others remains scattered on the dessert surface. It is the only archaeological site in Peru, in which ancient mummies are seen in their original graves, along with ancient artifacts, dating back to 1000 AD. Our excursion also includes the visits to the Nazca ceramic workshop and the gold extraction process center.
Chauchilla Cemetery is a necropolis that contains prehispanic mummified human remains and archeological artifacts, located thirty kilometers south of the city of Nazca in Peru. The bodies are so remarkably preserved due mainly to the dry climate in the Peruvian Desert but the funeral rites were also a contributing factor. The bodies were clothed in embroidered cotton and then painted with a resin and kept in purposely built tombs made from mud bricks. The resin is thought to have kept out insects and slowed bacteria trying to feed on the bodies.
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Just outside Nasca are the slightly disturbing remains that have been excavated from the cemetery. Unfortunately most of the remains have been looted, hence the random bones that are lying around in this photo.
One of the most famous symbols of the nasca lines, the cliffs give some idea of the scale of the lines.
Hacienda Cantayo Entrance