Archaeological complex in northern Peru destroyed

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The town of Olmos in the northern region of Lambayeque in Peru is saddened and bewildered after large swaths of the local Ficuar archaeological complex were destroyed by unknown parties.

Archaeological complex in northern Peru destroyed
Sources report that up to 60 percent of the Ficuar archaeological site
may be damaged [Credit: Andina/Silvia Depaz]

Andina news agency reports that the site is 800 to 900 years old. Archaeologist Juan Ugaz Moro told Andina that the areas of the destroyed included platforms that may have been used as an administration area and patio.

According to Andina, 5,000 square meters of the Ficuar complex were destroyed, representing about 60 percent of the site’s total area.

“This space is a control center for everything, particularly in terms of agriculture and irrigation,” Ugaz told RPP Noticias. Andina writes that the platforms were about three meters high.

“We have to band together to preserve, promote, and protect our cultural-historical heritage,” said Ugaz.

“We here in Olmos are in mourning for that’s happened. Whoever attacked our cultural legacy should be punished with the full weight of the law,” Olmos mayor Willy Serrato Puse told Andina, explaining that the Ficuar sight was an important local monument and a source of pride for residents of Olmos.

According to RPP, the damage was done with heavy machinery.

Author: Rachel Chase | Source: Peru This Week [November 20, 2013]

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