A revival of pre-Inca water technology in the mountains of the Andes is set to keep taps flowing in the drought-affected Peruvian capital, Lima. Grouting ancient canals, it turns out, is a far cheaper solution to the city’s water crisis than building a new desalination plant.
Lima is one of the world’s largest desert cities and relies for water on rivers that flow out of the Andes. But those rivers diminish to a trickle during a long dry season, leaving the population of almost 9 million with intermittent water supplies.
Now the city’s water utility company, Sedapal, has decided to invest in conservation projects in the Andes to keep the rivers flowing and taps running. And researchers have discovered that the most cost-effective way is to revive a system of ancient stone canals, known locally as amunas, that were built in the Andes by the Wari culture between AD 500 and 1000, centuries before the rise of the Incas. Read more.
In support of SOC South, a MH-60 from 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), prepares to land providing aerial support during a combined U.S. and Peruvian training exercise at a training installation near Lima, Peru.
Members from Peru’s elite law enforcement unit called the “Sub-Unidad de Acciones Tacticas,” commonly referred to as “SUAT,” and Green Berets assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) participated in the combined training mission.
The training exchange enabled U.S. and Peruvian special operations forces to share military tactics, improve interoperability and strengthen partnerships between the two nations.
(U.S. Army photos by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Robert Villarreal, Special Correspondent to SOCSOUTH, 25 MAR 2015.)
It is not often that we get textiles from the ancient world so beautifully preserved for us to view today.
Shown here is a Nasca border fragment from Peru, dated to the 1st-2nd century. It is made of cotton and camelid hair. The MET provides the following description:
The textiles of ancient Peru were made by a people with an inordinate sensitivity to the complexities of structure, pattern, and color. Fortunately preserved through the centuries by the dry climate of the coastal region where they were interred, the fabrics retain much of this complexity today.
Textiles discovered in the necropolis of Wari Kayan on the Paracas Peninsula in the early part of the century are particularly striking. Encompassing a wide range of garment type, they exhibit rich colors imaginatively combined, and compelling designs and imagery. This fragment of a border from an embroidered mantle depicts two backbent figures that alternate position and share but do not alternate color schemes. Thought to represent the same skeletonized figure, they have been variously described as falling, floating, flying, dancing, and drowning.
Three new species of multi-colored lizards sporting jagged crests that make them look like pint-sized “Godzillas” have been discovered in Ecuador and Peru, highlighting the region’s rich biodiversity.
The lizards were found in the rainforests of the Tropical Andes region, where even more reptiles are likely waiting to be discovered, said the team of scientists who published the find in the latest issue of zoological journal ZooKeys.
“It’s incredible the quantity of reptile species we still haven’t discovered even though it’s the 21st century,” said Omar Torres Carvajal of the QCAZ Zoology Museum at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador.
His team found and classified the three new species: Enyalioides altotambo, Enyalioides anisolepis and Enyalioides sophiarothschildae.
Ancient Mummy found in cardboard box by cleaners in Peru
Workers cleaning in Peru discovered a mysterious mummy inside a cardboard box outside an archaeological site.
The mummy was found Tuesday morning in a fetal position, tied with a rope, in a cardboard box near trash outside an archaeological site in the Pre-Incan city of Chan Chan.
“[The cleaners] thought it was rubbish and put it in the compactor but one cleaner opened it up and discovered it was a mummy,” said David Carrasco, municipal security at Huanchaco District, according to Reuters.
If it wasn’t for the one cleaner, it’s very possible the ancient discovery would have been thrown out for good. Read more.
This Saturday, thousands of Peruvians are expected to take to the streets of Lima to “March for Equality”. The march, the second of its kind, comes hot on the heels of a vote on a civil union bill in the Peruvian Congress. The bill, which proposed legal recognition for same-sex couples, was not passed, but it sparked one of Peru’s largest public debates on the future of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.
The geoglyph, Triple Spiral, dating back to 600 years ago and located in Trujillo was destroyed by agricultural invaders within the last month, according to El Comercio.
The photos above demonstrate that between March 1 (the first photo) and April 11 (the second photo) of this year, the geoglyph was removed from the earth and tilled by agricultural invaders.
The Peruvian Association of Rock Art (APAR) reported that the individuals responsible were indeed people who strived to rid the site of any archaeological evidence in the hopes of irrigating and occupying the land for agricultural purposes. Read more.