How Scientists and Citizens Are Protecting Ancient Ruins in Peru | National Geographic

How Scientists and Citizens Are Protecting Ancient Ruins in Peru | National Geographic


(slow guitar music) In Peru it is very common
that archaeological sites are surrounded by
local communities, villages, towns,
where people live usually in the most
traditional ways. Pachacamac is a
huge archaeological
site south of Lima. Around it we have
three million people living in shanty towns, in one of the poorest
sectors of Lima, always threatening to encroach
and jump into the site. We need to engage with
them and interact with them in ways in which they feel that this site is not
subtracting from them but is adding to their lives. Local communities
can and should be the first line of defense
for these archaeological sites that are not only part
of their heritage but, if properly
developed, like here, they can become sources
of income for them. (soft piano music) SPI stands for Sustainable
Preservation Initiative. This is an initiative
that started with archaeologists interested
in developing better means to protect cultural heritage. We have now six
programs around Peru in different communities in
the highlands and the coast. What we do is we
have engaged women that live around the sites. These women are some of
the most traditional people living in the coast of Peru. (woman giggling) (upbeat music)

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    Awesome Liquor

    if your going to report on the story, the give the whole story, you lacking all the government intervention and government corrpution, government authority, yes they are poor why ? YOU ARE MISSING A LOT OF THE STORY !!!!!

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    Quentin

    why not renovate and increase tourist, providing jobs for the locals etc… if people were having those places pristine then with old tech why can't they do it now?

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