Ancient American Cultures South America. Evidence of Early Inhabitants. Cave Art in Brazil: Carbon dating suggests cave art from NE Brazil is 32,000 years old -- much older than Lascaux and Altamira
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The earliest artwork in North America is a geometric design on an ivory shaft recovered in the Aucilla River
Clovis tools, including spear points with a fluted projectile point, were long considered the Americas' oldest technology until such recent discoveries as Aucilla River.
Chavin de Huantar
"Of all of the ancient cultures I admire, that of Chavin amazes me the most. Actually, it has been the inspiration behind most of my art" Pablo Picasso
Feline gods: puma, jaguar
Large sculptured heads (some weighing half a ton) and the were-jaguar motif suggest similarities with the contemporary Central American Olmec culture