Archaeological site of Piquijirca being invaded and destroyed

A ccording to information obtained by The Huaraz Telegraph, the archaeological site of Piquijirca is being invaded by local people for political reasons. Although not very well known, the site of Piquijirca is located to the west of the town of Yungar and southeast of the cemetery of the same town. Its access road goes towards the towns of Trigopampa and Santa Rosa, which cuts through the archaeological zone. It´s believed that the encroachment of the site took place in April 2016.

The Huaraz Telegraph received videos and pictures of the site on which we can clearly see the destruction of Piquijirca and the settleling of vilagers with improvised houses made of cart board and other materials.

The Decentralised Direction of Culture of Ancash (DDC) has been informed about these happenings but nothing has been done yet, so we learned. On November the 17th of last year, the archaeologist Eduardo Sante verified the area and after an inspection he assured sending a detailed report to Lima asking for support, as they did not have the resources to take immediate action. Regrettably so far, no report has been sent to Lima as was informed by the Ministry of Culture in Lima.

Archaeologist Juan Paredes realised excavations in Piquijirca in 1998, and the area has much potential, however, if local authorities are not capable or willing to undertake action, not much of the site with Wari tombs will remain.

The findings of Juan Paredes can be found following this link (document in Spansh).

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