Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

The Land where the Desert Blooms

Transected by valleys running down from the mountains to the sea, Chile’s Near North region boasts a beautiful semiarid landscape populated with shrubs and cacti. Hunter-gatherer groups settled here around 12,000 years ago, and a few thousand years later some groups began domesticating plants, while coastal groups extracted marine resources. At the beginning of our own era, these communities were living in villages, practicing advanced agriculture and manufacturing their first ceramics. The Diaguita culture emerged here about 1000 years ago, growing prosperous from its well-developed agricultural lifestyle. In the 15th century, the Incas conquered the region.

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