South America 500 CE

Large chiefdoms have emerged in Amazonia.

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What is happening in South America in 500CE

Peru

The past centuries have seen both the Moche and Nazca civilizations in Peru are reaching their peak.

Amazonia

Elsewhere in the continent, the Arawak-speaking diaspora has now more or less reached its limits. In Amazonia, large, densely populated regional chiefdoms are now established on the floodplains of the great rivers of the region. At the Amazon’s vast mouth, on the island of Marajo, a flourishing culture has emerged, which will last until the final period of Pre-Columbian America. This culture is known for its beautiful multicoloured ceramics, and for the large platform mounds it constructs.

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Pre-Columbian civilizations of America

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