The Code of the Conch

How the science of sound explained an ancient Peruvian oracle

Nautilus
Nautilus
Aug 30 · 12 min read
Illustration: Emiliano Ponzi

By Miriam Kolar

Originally published at Nautilus on October 17, 2013.

Three thousand years ago, an expansive ceremonial complex dominated life in the steep Andean valley of Chavín de Huántar, Peru. It was the center of an enigmatic cult where psychotropic plants were used…

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