2018 World Monuments Watch
Perched atop a rocky hill in the Cañete Valley of Peru, the archaeological site of Cerro de Oro represents three periods of occupation over a span of a thousand years beginning in the mid-sixth century. Elaborate funerary bundles, textiles, and residential structures are just some of the discoveries revealed through excavation.
Declared as a Monumental Archaeological Zone by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture in 2006, Cerro de Oro is as historically significant as better-known archaeological sites like Chan Chan, Huaca de la Luna, and Machu Picchu.
The active archaeological zone faced the challenge of looting and illegal encroachment– Cerro de Oro was included on the 2018 World Monuments Watch in response to these constant challenges that threatened the site and its potential for social use and sustainable tourism.
Following inclusion on the 2018 Watch, the District Municipality of San Luis de Cañete increased security at the site as a measure to prevent the looting. In addition to added security measures, WMF is working together with the municipality to enhance visitor experience while protecting the fragile site. Work includes the implementation of informational panels along a new walking trail, the opening of two new viewpoints from which to observe the cultural and natural landscape of the low valley of Cañete, and the construction of a new interpretation center where educational activities will be carried out.
World Monuments Fund is optimistic and excited for the future of this special site. Learn more about the design and construction process of the new visitor improvements with an interview with architect Vincent Juillard.