Archeological monuments suffering water filtrations due to rain

According to declarations made by staff of the Dirección Desconcentrada de Cultura de Ancash (DDC), most archeological monuments in the Ancash region have shelters and wooden roofs installed to protect them from the heavy rain that strikes the region in the first four months of the year.

The DDC is constantly coordinating with and updating the Regional Emergency Operations Committee of Ancash (COER) about the latest endeavours at sites such as Chavín de Huantar and Wilcahuaín. However, not all sites have yet been approved to receive extra support during the wet season. Wilcahuaín is one of the local sites that had extra wooden rooftops installed on top of the existing site and is now completely protected.

Not only the more than two thousand-year-old archeological sites around Huaraz are suffering from the bad weather. Such is the case with the Regional Museum of Ancash which can be found across the Plaza de Armas. Heavy rain and the lack of maintenance caused some old roof tiles to deteriorate and thus had to be replaced. The Archaeological Museum of Ancash “Augusto Soriano Infante” narrates in a general and chronological way the process of cultural historical development given in the Ancash Region during the pre-hispanic period. The museum has within its facilities the largest ‘Lithic Park’ or ‘Parque de Piedra’ in South America, which represents the main attraction of the museum. This park houses around 100 specimens belonging mostly to the Recuay Culture (Regional Development period, 200 – 600 AD), being able to observe different characters among which stand out masculine warrior characters, seated male characters, musicians, etcetera. In addition, it has a good representative sample of native flora of the region among which the Quenual, the Puya Raymondi, the broom and the capuli stand out.

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