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CHANKILLO

Chankillo Revalorization and Sustainable Development Project

CHANKILLO
San Rafael District, Peru
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BACKGROUND

Chankillo was built as a fortified temple complex over 2,300 years ago in the coastal desert of Peru, near the Casma-Sechín river basin. The monumental complex was constructed from cut stone and includes a fortified temple, a plaza, and 13 towers, which are now thought to be an astronomical observatory. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

In addition to including Chankillo on the 2010 Watch, WMF is participating in the Chankillo Revalorization and Sustainable Development Project. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Archaeological evidence indicates that Chankillo may be the earliest known astronomical observatory in the Americas. Chankillo is unique because its 13 towers are situated between two observation platforms and these markers span the entire annual rising and setting arcs of the sun, which shift north and south along the horizon gradually over the course of a year. (...)

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RELATED LINKS

Watch this three-minute video about Chankillo from the BBC program Wonders of the Universe.

VIRTUAL TOUR OF CHANKILLO

Explore stunning 3D panoramas of Chankillo, a fortified temple complex built over 2,300 years ago in the coastal desert of Peru, near the Casma-Sechín river basin.

VIDEOS
World Monuments FundChankillo: una visualización virtual
December, 2012

WMF se encuentra participando en un proyecto de investigación, revalorización y desarrollo sostenible en Chankillo, un centro ceremonial milenario ubicado en el Valle de Casma en la región de Ancash. El siguiente video demuestra un estudio del movimiento cíclico del sol registrado con una precisión impresionante en los picos y valles de las Trece Torres.

(Sponsors)
Auspiciado por: World Monuments Fund, Selz Foundation, Asociacion Ancash, Asociacion Antamina, Asociacion Cultural Peruano Británica, Instituto de Investigaciones Arqueológica

World Monuments FundChankillo: A Virtual Visualization
December, 2012

World Monuments Fund is co-sponsoring a research, sustainable development, and rehabilitation project at Chankillo, a ceremonial center that was built over 2,300 years ago in the Casma Valley, located in the Ancash region of Peru. The following video shows a virtual simulation of the sun’s cyclic movement, registered with great precision in the peaks and valleys of the Thirteen Towers.

(Sponsors)
World Monuments Fund, Selz Foundation, Asociación Ancash, Asociación Antamina, Asociación Cultural Peruano Británica, Instituto de Investigaciones Arqueológica

World Monuments FundChankillo, Ancash Region, Peru
July, 2012

Excerpted with permission from the BBC series Wonders of the Universe.