Leonora Duncan and Jago Cooper, British Museum
South America has witnessed the emergence of some of the most intriguing and diverse ancient cultures in the world.
Four of these dynamic and fascinating cultures are being explored in a BBC Four series, Lost Kingdoms of South America, which starts broadcasting on Monday 14 January at 21.00. The series explores the different pathways to social complexity taken in four cultural regions of South America long before Europeans arrived over the horizon.
Here at the British Museum, the South American collection includes over 50,000 objects collected over the past 350 years. These treasures reveal some fascinating stories about the diverse cultures that existed for over 12,000 years before the arrival of Columbus and many of which continue to thrive today.
We wanted to draw attention to some of the amazing objects in the collection that can help tell the stories of the…
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