Photo of the Week


Photo of the Week

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…!

Photo of the Week

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.

Photo compliments of John Crary.

Photo of the Week

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?

Many thanks to John Crary for the photograph!

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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.

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Holy Huaca!

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.

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Excavated ceramics discovered at the archaeological site of San Jose de Moro, Peru!

Check out the most recent update on our project at San Jose de Moro that is both transforming the community and preserving its cultural heritage here.

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Check out that trench! Archaeologists dig deep while excavating an ancient Moche tomb in San Jose de Moro, Peru, site of SPI’s first “People Not Stones” project.

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A student from the School of Arts (left) interviews young students of the pottery workshop. Educators aim to insert the Mochica pottery workshop into the curriculum of local schools at primary and secondary levels. The main objective in this case is to generate educational workshops that will focus on the cultural history of the town and region in order to increase local awareness of the cultural heritage of the area.

Check out our most recent update from the endangered archaeological site of San Jose de Moro, Peru here.

8 Professors and Archaeologists Visit, Interview, and Train at San Jose de Moro, Peru!

Below, an update from Solsire Cusicanqui, our director at the endangered archaeological site of San Jose de Moro, Peru.

San  Jose de Moro Archaeological Program (PASJM) and Sustainable Preservation  Initiative (SPI) have established an agreement with the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP) to work in social development projects associated with archaeological sites. The main objective is to make an umbrella development project with people living around an archaeological site in danger. This project emerges from the need to create an interdisciplinary work model appropriate to the context of the Peruvian coast.

In a context like this, where you can easily find many modern settlements on or near archaeological sites, it is imperative to formulate proposals for a mutually beneficial coexistence.

Recently, a working group, consisting of two professors from the Faculty of Arts, two professors from the Faculty of Education, a professor from the Faculty of Architecture, two archaeologists from the Archaeological Program of San Jose de Moro, and the Sustainable Preservation Initiative representative in Peru, congregated for a 5-day long visit to the archaeological site.

This visit had the following objectives:

• Visits to local institutions among the community such a group of mothers, local government representatives, members of the community.

• Meeting with the principals from the local schools (primary, primary, secondary) at the settlement of San José de Moro.

• Visual and written information survey including photographs and videos to record the interviews.

• Visit to the workshops of local producers to get to know the workshops and the environment in which they operate and the final product offered by artisans.

• Train local craftsmen in the use of economic tools and product improvement, in order to increase the quality standards and the value of what they offer.

• Create public spaces that include a relationship with the Moche culture (iconography, colors).

• Implementation of activities to increase local awareness about the potential of the site.

• The application of the above strategies and programs as a model that can be replicated in other communities.

 The working group achieved all objectives, with emphasis on working with the craftsmen, especially the students from the pottery workshop. Also, members of the team had several meetings with the authorities and the Mayor of Chepén and Pacanga.

Check out our photo gallery and slide show below!

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