Oldest Mural in America in Northern Peru to be Restored
The oldest mural in America, at about 4,000 years old, was damaged three weeks ago on Sunday, November 12 by a fire, but authorities say about 85% of it can be repaired back to its original state.
The specialists, in conjunction with the Ministry of Culture of Peru, have covered the paint to protect it from further damage after discovering that the mural did not completely lose its color thanks to the conservation work that had been done before the fire.
The mural is located in the archaeological complex of Ventarrón, a set of temples and buildings that are considered the most primitive of ruins on the northern coast of Peru.
The Third Corporate Criminal Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of Chiclayo, capital of the northern Lambayeque region, is currently investigating the causes of the accident, which apparently originated from the burning of materials on plantations near the archaeological excavation.