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Pre-Inca sites in Lima at risk due to city growth

The rapid expansion of Lima, Peru, is putting hundred of pre-Inca archaeological sites at risk of being destroyed by construction.

There is no registry that keeps track of the huacas — which comes from the Quechua word “wak’a” meaning sacred place — but archeologists say more than 300 of the adobe structures are spread around this city of nine million people.

“Most huacas are officially the cultural patrimony of the nation, but the area around them that cannot be touched is not delineated,” bemoans Cristian Vizconde, an archeologist who heads a project at the biggest site in northern Peru.

“This omission allows developers and squatters to invade them, or mayors to build parks and playing fields on them,” he said.

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Story: Naharnet Newsdesk, Naharnet | Photo: Naharnet

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