New discoveries near Chan Chan
The Ministry of Culture, through their special project in charge of the archaeological complex of Chan Chan, revealed today their progress in the Huaca Toledo Project, located inside the complex of Chan Chan in the province of Trujillo, La Libertad.The Huaca Toledo, whose data corresponds to the Late Chimu (pre-Incan culture) period (1350-1400 AC approximately) is a stepped building more than twenty meters high and ninety meters wide, built differently than any other ceremonials centers found on the northern coast. The core of the structure is made up of gravel and stone cells, covered with fine adobe steps.
“Before we didn’t know much of the huaca Chimu, investigations were aimed at the walled structures located in the intangible area of Chan Chan. With the implementation of this research program we can define the shape of this imposing structure that has raised the interest of many researchers,” said Maria Elena Cordova Burga, Director of the Chan Chan Archaeological Complex Project.
“We’ve been able to determine that it is a ceremonial building with public spaces. Because of the unusual material and building scheme, the structure breaks from other huacas found in the Moche Valley,” said Nadia Gamarra Carranza, head of research for the project.
The recovery project at Huaca Toledo aims to: document the materials and construction technique used for the structure, establishing the architectural design and preserve the architectural structure.
The project is planned to take 31 months.
The phase of the project, which began in April and will end in December 2016, has already uncovered 80% of the northern face of the structure.