Solar Observatory at Chankillo wins the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2016

Ambassador Brian A. Nichols announced the winner of the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2016:  the project presented by World Monuments Fund for the preservation of the 13 towers of Chankillo, in Áncash región. This ceremonial center, located in the Valley of Casma, is over 2,300 years old. The tops of its towers measure the cyclical movement of the sun with great precision.

Ambassador Nichols explained that 30 projects competed in this year’s competition for the preservation of Peruvian cultural heritage. The award to the Chankillo project is $125,000.

Martha Zegarra
Martha Zegarra, Director of World Monuments Fund in Peru.

“We know that this prize will help develop Chankillo and will help the efforts of World Monuments Fund to show this archaeological wonder in its full splendor,” said Ambassador Nichols. The Director of World Monuments Fund in Peru, Martha Zegarra, and Peru’s Minister of Culture, Jorge Nieto, also attended.

Peru has won the most Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation grants in Latin America

With the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) award in 2016, Peru remains the country that has won the most AFCP grants in all of Latin America. “Since 2001, we have contributed around $2 million to 23 pre-Hispanic and colonial projects through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation,” explained Amb. Nichols.

The winners of AFCP awards are located in Amazonas, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Lima, Ancash, Arequipa, Moquegua, Ayacucho, and Ica. All of these projects are included in a Memorandum for the Protection of Cultural Patrimony, signed in 1997, renewed every 5 years, and currently valid through 2017.

The Memorandum has also permitted the recovery of almost 1,000 priceless pieces, as well as training programs for Peruvian museum staff and exchanges for U.S. postgraduate students.