Nazca Museum

On my second day in Nazca I walked to the Nazca Museum. The Nazca (100BC – 750AD ish) followed on from the Paracas Culture (the folk who thought Star Trek heads were a good idea).

Here are some ceramics. In the first photo, the thing on the left is the funerary bundle of a small child. The fake head is made from a pumpkin. I especially liked the ancient broom in the fourth picture and the little bloke in the fifth picture.

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Here’s the real highlight of the museum (well, for me at least) – some trophy heads. I’d seen them depicted on ceramics etc (people/god figures often seem to have trophy heads hanging from their belts) but I hadn’t worked out whether this was just a concept or whether they actually existed….. Ho hum, here are a few. Burials have been found of (headless) collections of bones, skeletons with ceramic pots substituted for the original heads etc)….

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Finally, an original Nazca aqueduct runs through the museum’s back garden (disappearing under the modern day city at each side of the garden). I saw another bit of the aqueduct system from the air yesterday.

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