Cultural and Travel News Peru

Mexico Returns Archaeological Artifacts to Peru

Friday August 11, 2017

168 cultural artifacts of pre-Colombian origin will be returned to Peru by the Mexican Foreign Ministry. Hundreds of vases, textiles, and figures that originated from six different civilizations, including Moche, Nazca, Wari, Chimu, Chancay and Sican were returned.

The repatriation of these artifacts was facilitated by an official agreement regarding stolen cultural assets that was signed between both countries. The agreement, called the Convention for the Protection and Recovery of Stolen Archaeological (more…)

National Geographic to Reconstruct Mummified Woman Peru

Thursday June 01, 2017

National Geographic has plans to reconstruct a mummified woman, known as the La Señora de Cao. La Señora de Cao was an ancient governess during the time of Moche rule in northern Peru.

The Moches were a powerful, pre-Incan civilization from Peru´s northern coast that ruled from the 1st to 8th centuries.

The mummy, La Señora de Cao, was a member of the Moche elite and believed to have ruled over the Chicama Valley region of the Moche civilization. Her discovery has raised serious questions about the status of women in Moche society. (more…)

Peruvian Mummy is one of the Best Discoveries of 2016

Tuesday January 24, 2017

This past year, a female woman was found in Peru. This Peruvian mummy has been declared as one of the best discoveries of 2016.

The Institute of Archaeology of America has declared a list of the top 10 discoveries of the past year, and this mummy made the list.

The mummy was discovered in April by a research team surveying the archaeology in the site of Aspero. This is just north of Peru´s capital, Lima.

The skeleton was found wrapped and tied with wool and ropes (more…)

US to Invest in Choquequirao

Tuesday January 17, 2017

This year, the United States plans to invest $2.67 million in Choquequirao. They want to put this money towards research at the archaeological site.

Specifically, the research will consist of additional excavation and stewardship of site. One of the leaders of the project, Vidal Pino, asserted the importance of this stewardship.

He states, “As for maintenance, conservation, and updating of the Choquequirao Archaeological Park Master Plan, some $891,000 is being invested over the 2015-2017 period.”

Harvard University will analyze Peru´s Lady of Cao

Wednesday August 31, 2016

Harvard University has decided to analyze the first female ruler of pre-Colombian Peru, otherwise known as Lady of Cao.

The purpose of this research is to determine if this woman was related to the other people found in the tombs, perhaps the bodies of the priests, maidens, or guards.

There were six other people found buried with the Lady of Cao, and they will also be analyzed at Harvard University.

The samples have already been taken from El Brujo site to Harvard University to undergo tests. Their findings will be available by 2017. (more…)

Pre-Incan Paintings Discovered in Machu Picchu Area

Tuesday July 05, 2016

About two weeks ago, a new discovery was found in the surrounding areas of Machu Picchu. Although the site was discovered over a century ago, the region is still producing surprises!

Cusco´s Cultural Department was exploring the areas around the famous Incan city and they found paintings that are believed to be older than the Incas.

The said paintings consist of the figures of a llama, a man, and another image. They were discovered on a road that leads straight to Machu Picchu.

Another ancient geoglyph was found in the Nazca desert

Monday May 02, 2016

The archaeological site on Nazca was declared a World heritage site by UNESCO because of the animal figures, objects and anthropomorphic figures that can only be seen by flying over the area. Recently, an entire new geoglyph has been discovered at Pampa de Majuelos. This is an important discovery for the scientific community and for the tourism sector.

According to National Geographic the new discovered geoglyph is a 30-meter long figure drawn upon the arid plateaus, the figure would represent an animal with a long tongue. (more…)

New archaeological sites found in Arequipa

Thursday February 04, 2016

You might think that all existing ruins and old remains are already discovered. However, this is not the case even now new archaeological sites are being found. During the lasts months of 2015 a field inspection was conducted in Arequipa’s district of Ayo to identity the cultural potential and the tourism possibilities of this location. During this inspection led by archaeologist Apu Mendoza a total of 90 archaeological sites have been found.

A terrace area has been identified which accounted for more than half of the total area. (more…)

Visitors to Machu Picchu Increased in 2015

Tuesday January 12, 2016

Machu Picchu, one of Peru´s most popular tourist destinations, had more than 1,100,000 visitors in 2015. This shows an increase from the previous year, and the specific figures will be released this week.

Chief Juan Carlos Nieto claims that this famous Inca City receives an increasing interest among Peruvians and foreigners alike. Nieto hopes that the many tourists that visit will explore the many facets of Machu Picchu while visiting.

Machu Picchu, a 37,000-hectare site, boasts 4,187 species and 12 ecological systems. (more…)

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