A Tale of Two Pilgrimage Centers: Chaco and Nasca

John Kantner

Membership Lecture, The New Mexico History Museum Auditorium

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers

Ruins of Cahuachi, the ceremonial center in NascaRuins of Cahuachi, the ceremonial center in NascaPhotograph by John KantnerRuins of Cahuachi, the ceremonial center in NascaPhotograph by John Kantner

One thousand years ago, a monumental religious center emerged in Chaco Canyon that soon grew to dominate the cultural landscape of the northern American Southwest. A millennium earlier, in the Nasca region on the south coast of Peru, a stunning ceremonial center existed with remarkable similarities to Chaco. Most scholars believe pilgrims traveled long distances to experience the majesty of these extraordinary desert centers and engaged in similar ceremonial activities. In a multimedia presentation, archaeologist John Kantner compares the evolution of Chaco and Nasca as a way to understand how and why influential ceremonial centers emerged in the ancient human past.

Sponsored by George Watson, Karen Walker Real Estate, and Betty and Luke Vortman Endowment Fund

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