Cultures & Traditions


The Salinar culture inhabited the north coast of Peru from 200 BCE-200 CE, sharing many stylistic similarities with Cupisnique and Moche ceramic art. After the decline of the Cupisnique and Chavin cultures, the Salinar period was one of unrest, possibly due to a lack of easily-cultivated land. As the largest Salinar site, Cerro Arena is located on a 2.5 square-kilometer ridge in the Moche Valley. The architecture at Cerro Arena, which includes domestic, administrative, and religious structures, is exemplary of the Salinar administrative and doctrinal practices that would influence later north coast cultures.

Adapted from

Carol Robbins, Label text [1969.29], A. H. Meadows Galleries.