|Chavín de Huántar The Temples|
|The Old Temple||The New Temple|
|From looking at seams in the site's structures, a simple sequence of construction can be postulated. An Old Temple, built in a U-shaped form around a circular plaza, has been thought to be the earliest construction at the site (in fact, our project can show that there are earlier stages that are mostly masked by the Old Temple). Having been fairly well exposed by recent excavations, the Old Temple is a good location to begin our exploration.
At some time after the completion of the Old Temple, a new temple was constructed, partially incorporating part of the Old Temple, but extending south and east. Perhaps because it was to be on a larger scale, the builders chose not to add to the existing temple, burying it under a new and larger facade, but rather to shift its center and axis. They did retain a U shape, with large flanking mounds extending to the edge of the Mosna River. By exploring the New Temple you will see important similarities and differences with Old Temple architecture and construction.
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