The point of this web site is to introduce you to the site of Chavín de Huántar through virtual reality and a variety of photographs integrated within that experience, and help you ponder some of the big questions that archaeologists face with such data. Chavín de Huántar is located in Peru, 250 km to the north of Lima, and has long been a site of public interest and archaeological inquiry.
To explore the site of Chavín de Huántar we have assembled this site in a
particular order that we think will make sense to the user. You probably
will want to read the 'History' introduction to understand the site's cultural
background, and follow on to the 'Setting' section to get a sense of the
environmental context of the site. Then you are ready to visit the site
itself. You will find this in the 'Old Temple' and 'New Temple' parts of the 'Temples'
sections, so that you can first explore the earlier architecture of the
site, and then move on to the later constructions. These two sections are
mostly panoramas, which are linked to allow you to navigate around and
within the site. The 'Project' section will give you a word or two about the
work that my team is conducting at the site that has led to the creation of
this web site. Finally, you will have the chance to comment on questions I
raise about the relationship between architecture and the nature of Chavín society. When you revisit the site, feel free to jump to any section, as appropriate.