Kuntur Wasi Prehistoric Temples, Peru
© UNESCO 2003
National implementing agency: National Institute of Culture of Peru
Project duration (IV phases): May 2000 - October 2003
Total project budget: US $860,000
Kuntur Wasi in northern Peru is the site of a ceremonial centre from the formative period (1200-50 BC) of Ancient Andean civi-lization, consisting of an architectural complex and stone sculp-tures. In 1946, Peruvian archaeologists found 12 stone sculptures at the site, and since 1988 the University of Tokyo has excavated eight tombs associated with the ancient gold art of the American continents, establishing a site chronology. Following the discovery of gold objects in 1989, a museum was built at the site with Japanese funding, and both site and museum are now managed by the local community.
The project aims to preserve and restore the site for future gen-erations as testimony to the cultural achievements of their ances-tors, giving the site its true value and educational significance. The combination of advanced academic research and local com-munity involvement in the project serves as a model for the preservation and restoration of other monumental sites, and this site's restoration will contribute to cultural tourism.
(Extract from "Preservation of Tangible Cultural Heritage through the UNESCO/Japanese Funds-in-Trust" p.22, 2003)
Copyright : 2013 Permanent Delegation of Japan to UNESCO