We know why this guy seems so happy! He’s just as excited as us about SPI’s upcoming project crowd funding campaign which goes live next week! Our campaign will raise money for our two new project sites; Bandurria and Chotuna-Chornancap. All contributions will help alleviate poverty in these two communities and sustainably preserve the stunning cultural heritage that remains there. With less than a week to Valentine’s Day, why not make a contribution to this worthy cause in the name of a loved one? He already has…!
Ancient Moche ceramics from the archaeological site of El Brujo. Local artisans create pieces inspired by these ceramics excavated at SPI-sponsored sites. The sustainable income generated from their sale gives the local community an economic incentive to preserve their cultural heritage.
Ancient Moche mural decoration from the archaeological complex of El Brujo, Peru! Located just north of Trujillo, Huaca El Brujo and Huaca Cao Viejo (both part of the complex) were constructed by the Moche culture during the first six centuries of the common era. (Excavations also revealed the burial of the “Señora de Cao,” the first known Governess in Peru.) SPI’s question: How can we utilize cultural heritage sites like these to help local communities in need?
Tourists and locals alike peruse the carved gourds of Pampas Gramalote, our second project in northern Peru, which is making its way towards complete economic sustainability and preserving the archaeological site there.
This photo, taken by SPI Executive Director Larry Coben during a visit in 2011, shows the stunning size of the main mural at the ancient Moche site of Huaca de la Luna (and, yes, that’s a person on the fourth register).
Most scholars agree that Huaca de la Luna was the central ceremonial and religious site of the Moche, an ancient civilization that flourished from 100 – 800 AD on the northern coast of Peru. San Jose de Moro, SPI’s first project site, features another smaller Moche ceremonial site and cemetery.