Chavín de Huántar

Black and White Portal, June 2007
black and white portal

site photos tello obelisk black and white portal

Roe, Peter G., Daryl Gundrum and Steven Rinehart.  In press. "Somatic Geography: The Iconography of Ancient Cosmological Bodies at Chavín de Huántar, Peru." Ancient America.

Roe, Peter G.  In press.  "How To Build A Chavín Raptor:  Why the Dumbarton Oaks 'Scaled Cayman' Callango Textile is Really A Jaguaroid Harpy Eagle." InWilliam J. Conklin and Jeffrey Quilter (eds.), volume, Chavín Transformations. Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees.

Roe, Peter G.  1978.  "Recent Discoveries in Chavín Art: Some Speculations on Methodology and
Significance in the Analysis of a Figural Style." El Dorado 3:1-41.

Roe, Peter G.  1974.  A Further Exploration of the Rowe Chavín Seriation and Its Implications
for North Central Coast Chronology. Studies in Pre-Columbian Art & Archaeology 13.Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collections, Trustees for Harvard University.

Papers Presented and Scholarly Meetings
"Born of Powder, Raised in Tea: Hallucinogenic Imagery in the Tello Obelisk, Chavín, Peru." Paper presented at the Third D.J. Sibley Family Conference on World Traditions of Culture and Art. The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, November 2-5, 2000.

"Missing A Mask:Why the Dumbarton Oaks "Scaled Cayman" Callango Textile is Really A Jaguaroid Harpy Eagle." Paper presented at the Dumbarton Oaks Roundtable on Chavín, Washington, D.C., December 2-3, 2000.

"The Tello Obelisk: A Lowland Pleiades Calendar for Highland Chavín." Invited Public Lecture at the Albert Einstein Planetarium, Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution,Washington, D.C. March 13, 2000.

"Pictorial Dualism: Some Thoughts on the Iconography of Chavín, San Agustín and Chican Ostionoid." Paper presented at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 3-7, 1995.

"It Takes Two To Launch A Dart: Dual Triadic Dualism in Chavín Iconography." Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Chacmool Conference: South American Ideology, The University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada, November 10, 1990.

"A Cache of Chavín Pots From Tembladera." Paper presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Andean Studies, Berkeley. 1978.

Chavín de Huántar
Ancash, Peru

View of the archaeological site from the trail, 285 WNW of the old temple.

Old Temple


Underground chambers

Underground chambers

Square plaza, new temple

Black and White Portal, new temple

New temple

New temple

Tendon Head

Tendon Head

San Pedro Cactus

Mosna River

Tello Obelisk, Chavín de Huántar
Reconstruction by Dr. Peter G. Roe
Professor, Department of Anthropology
University of Delaware, USA
June, 2007

Chavin Tello Obelisk Female Reconstruction

Chavin Tello Obelisk Male Reconstruction