Cultures & Traditions
The Paracas culture is named after a desert peninsula on the southern coast of Peru. The deserts of the Paracas peninsula, whose name means “sand falling like rain,” have preserved fragile objects deposited in cemeteries some 2,000 years ago. In the late 1920s, Peruvian archaeologists recovered more than 400 textile-wrapped funerary bundles from Paracas excavations. Ceramic vessels attributed to the Paracas culture have been found on the peninsula and in nearby valleys.
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Bonnie Pitman, ed., "Vessel depicting a falcon (1976.W.85)," in Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012), 24.
Read more about the Paracas culture.
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
Read an article by scholar Ann H. Peters about reconstructing the lost context of objects found at the Paracas Necropolis for the Dumbarton Oaks Project Grant (2005-2006).
Paracas Archaeology Research Resources
Read an article by scholar Ann H. Peters about “tattooing” on a number of individuals from the Paracas Necropolis.
Textile Society of America: Symposium Proceedings
Download a transcription of a lecture by scholar Mary Frame about the question of symmetry in Andean textiles.