Arid Lands Newsletter--link to home page No. 47, May 2000
Desert Architecture for a New Millenium

Zegarra et al.: Chan Chan ruins

wall at Chan Chan Chan Chan was the capital of the Chimu civilization of Peru, which flourished between 1250 and 1470 CE. The massive quality of the perimeter wall surrounding the city is characteristic of adobe; as the photo shows, adobe can also be highly decorative.

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