Largest recorded ancient site in the Andean region has accelerometer installed

D octor Ruth Shady Solis, Director of the Caral Archaeological Zone (ZAC) under the Ministry of Culture and Dr. Jorge Elias Hurtado Alva, Rector of the National University of Engineering (UNI), installed an accelerometer at the archeological site of Caral. The accelerometer 130-SMA of the REF-TEK brand is an instrument to record seismic activity. The instrument serves to generate a better understanding of the dynamic behavior of soils and buildings in the area. The installation should lead to recommendations for the protection of significant cultural property located in seismic areas and to take the necessary precautions to prevent further damage to one of Peru´s most important ancient large settlements located in the Supe Valley, 200 km north of Lima in the Barranca Province.

Caral was discovered in 1948 by an American professor in history and government (Paul August Kosok) but it received little attention at the time because it appeared to lack many typical artifacts that were thought to be found at archeological sites within the Andes at the time. The 4,000- to 4,600-year-old city of temples in the Peruvian desert is spread out over 607,000 m² and contains residential buildings and many plazas. Caral used to be a blossoming metropolitan area at approximately the same time that Egypt’s great pyramids were being built.

Despite its importance in Peruvian ancient history, the archeological site of Caral only attracks a couple of hundred visitors per day. The UNESCO World Heritage Site can be easily visited from Casma in Ancash.

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