Andean adventures in ancient art

During the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries A.D. on a hill near the modern town of Guachipas in northwestern Argentina, people gathered on a hill in the centre of a large, flat basin between mountains. In the caves which pit the local sandstone they painted abstract shapes, human figures, representations of clothing and, above all, llamas.

Bright, poly-chrome shapes, possibly representing ponchos with their detailed woven patterns, decorate the ceiling of one of the largest caves at Guachipas.

Bright, poly-chrome shapes, possibly representing ponchos with their detailed woven patterns, decorate the ceiling of one of the largest caves at Guachipas.

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