This ceremonial centre housed the elite, who influenced the culture’s religious ideology, eventually leading to the creation the Nasca Lines. The Nasca developed artistic aesthetics that included textiles, ceramics, and metalurgy. Their cultural influence extended north to south, from Arequipa in the Central Sierra, into the Amazon and south to Chile. Evidence can be seen in the feathers, animals, and minerals that they traded to distant civilizations. Their civilization fell apart in the 7th Century due to a particularly strong El Nino weather phenomenon, bringing intense rain and massive landslides.
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