The complexity of the Norte Chico Civilization may be seen in the monumental works that they left behind.
The most conspicuous of these are their ceremonial pyramids (sometimes referred to as platform mounds).
Based on radiocarbon dating, it has been suggested that the formative period of the Norte Chico Civilization was sometime during the 4th millennium BC.
Another criterion for a ‘civilization’ is urbanization, and archaeologists are not entirely certain if he Norte Chico Civilization sites may be called ‘urban’.
At the moment, these are the few known examples of possible Norte Chico art.
In addition, if these figures represent a divine being, it would also indicate that the civilization had some kind of religious belief system.
The items are cooked with hot stones baked in a fire pit.
All is then covered with stones, dirt and more leaves and allowed to roast Tamales are still wrapped in corn husks.
It has been postulated that the pyramids were built by stuffing stone-filled reed bags against a retaining wall.