Of 400 archaeological centers in Lima, half are invaded or partially occupied, reports the Minister of Culture

Lima, September 15, 2021Updated on 09/15/2021 02:31 am

The Minister of Culture, Ciro Galvez, made an invocation to the municipalities to act and stop the invasions in archaeological sites, after inspect the archaeological complexes of Garagay and Mateo Salado, located in San Martin de Porres and Lima fencing, respectively

Of more than 400 archaeological centers that we have in Lima, half of them are invaded or partially occupied”, He warned.

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“We have been able to verify the situation in which the remains are. We have seen that the environment is being invaded by urban pressure. They build illegally in the contour of the sites, for that reason I invoke the municipalities to be very demanding to stop with this and to the Judicial Power so that the processes are more expeditious to defend these protected areas and evict those who invaded “, said the minister after his visit.

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Galvez added: “That is not wanting Peru. Our strength is in identity. The support of our identity are the archaeological remains “.

The Minister of Culture invoked the Congress of the Republic to discuss the necessary laws to preserve these sites. “The largest number of archaeological sanctuaries will be inspected to give corrective measures, execute them and put them in value“, said.

Huaca Mateo Salado

The Mateo Salado Archaeological Complex, also known as Huaca Mateo Salado, located in the Cercado de Lima, adjacent to the Pueblo Libre and Breña districts, was built by the civilization that occupied Lima about 1000 years ago known as the Yschma, who would see the arrival of the Inca empire and after being conquered by them, Mateo Salado would be annexed to the great imperial road network known as Qhapaq Ñan.

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The Ministry of Culture began the recovery of Mateo Salado in 2007. From that date and until 2013, three of its five pyramids were intervened, through research, conservation-restoration and authorization for visits.

Minister of Culture: “I invoke the municipalities to stop the invasions of archaeological sites.” (Photo: Mincul)

Garagay Archaeological Site

For its part, the Garagay Archaeological Site is located in the district of San Martín de Porres. It belongs to the Andean formative period of more than 3,500 years ago. It was studied, investigated, and excavated by archaeologist Rogger Ravines in 1975.

It is made up of three structures in the form of terraces arranged in a “U” shape. Inside the ceremonial center built on the valley of the Rímac river, clay high reliefs in the style of the Chavín Culture stand out, possibly representing their gods.

Minister of Culture: “I invoke the municipalities to stop the invasions of archaeological sites.” (Photo: Mincul)

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