Las Ánimas complex

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Las Ánimas complex is an archaeological culture of northern Chile considered to be the immediate precursor to the Diaguita culture.[1][2] The culture developed in the Chilean region of Norte Chico between 800 and 1000 CE.[1] Prior to Las Ánimas complex, an archaeological culture known as El Molle complex existed in Norte Chico from 300 to 700 CE.[1]

Pottery recovered from Las Ánimas complex has linear designs painted with white, red or black.[2] The black colour derives from specular hematite.[2]

Las Ánimas complex has the earliest evidence for copper metallurgy in Norte Chico.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c "Pueblos diaguitas", Memoria chilena (in Spanish), Biblioteca Nacional de Chile, retrieved January 30, 2014
  2. ^ a b c Ampuero Brito, Gonzalo (1991), Ancient Cultures of the Norte Chico (PDF), Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
  3. ^ Latorre Blanco, Elvira; López Mendoza, Patricio (2011), "Los metales en la cultura Diaguita chilena (ca. 900-1536 DC): una aproximación metodológica e interpretativa" (PDF), Intersecciones en Antropología (in Spanish), 12 (2): 329–332