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Residents take a stand to protect historical site

Phillip Orange

Residents of Puente Piedra are uniting to protect huaca Tambo Inga.

Residents take a stand to protect historical site

The site was built around 1475 and 1480 under the government of inca Túpac Yupanqui. (Photo: Facebook/Protejamos a la Huaca Tambo Inga)

Lima has 370 archaeological sites all protected by the law however, many of these sites have been forgotten about by authorities.

Historical sites such as huacas are at risk of damage and even destruction from people and companies alike. In 2013 one of the pyramids that make up the huaca El Paraíso, in San Martín de Porres was destroyed when bulldozers flattened land for construction purposes.

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Recently residents in Puente Piedra are fighting to defend the huaca Tambo Inga from criminal damage and the irresponsibility of local authorities. Many of the residents have resisted what local authorities have deemed urban development, one major victory for the residents came in 2007 when Tambo Inga was declared Cultural Heritage site however, the huaca continued to be damaged and was a site of littering.

The site was built around 1475 and 1480 under the government of inca Túpac Yupanqui and was probably an administration site for agricultural production in valley of the Chillón river.

Residents such as those in Puente Piedra are hoping to bring the attention of huacas to others and hope that other can start protecting other huacas around Lima. Recently presidential candidate Pedro Pablo Kuczynski caused controversy when he stated in Ate “Would not it be better to be in a nice, green park, you can put here where the huaca is?”

The huaca he was referring to is the Monterrey huaca however, representatives of the political group have stated that his words have been misinterpreted and what he meant was near the huaca not on it.

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