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Pukara, located in the northwestern Lake Titicaca Basin of highland Peru, was the first significant population center to develop in this region during the Late Formative Period (200 BC- AD 200), it became an important ceremonial center with a distinctive art tradition. The ceramics can be elaborate both painted and incised with motifs that would be later re-interpreted in Tiahuanaco. The stone sculpture known as the Yaya Mama style is characterized by relief and incision, with carving in the round often of human-like figures. There was an enduring sacredness to these works since they are found as offerings in Tiahuanaco period and some discovered objects are even venerated today by the native peoples of the region.