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Kotosh is an archaeological site near Huánuco (Peru) containing a temple of the Late Archaic period. The site gave name to the Kotosh Religious Tradition, which existed in Peru in 2300—1200 BCE, i.e. in the Late Archaic period. Kotosh people cultivated crops, used marine resources, built permanent settlements and multistoreyed ceremonial buildings.[1]

The image of crossed arms is characteristic for the Kotosh temple iconography.[2][3][4] Kotosh also contains artifacts of later origin, mostly belonging to Chavín culture.[5]


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