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Conservation and Archaeologist Peter Lerche

Conservation and land management are urgent needs for the archaeological sites and natural environment of the Amazonas Department (or region) of Peru. As new ruin sites are discovered a system must be in place to preserve and protect these areas. Recently pre-Inca mummies were discovered at the Laguna de Los Condores. Before adequate site protections could be put in place grave robbers destroyed many of the archaeological artifacts. A museum in Leimebamba was quickly establish and remaining artifacts were moved to this safe location but at the cost of disturbing the integrity of the original site. In August 1999 an expedition including InkaNatura representatives visited Talape, a lesser known, isolated yet interesting Chachapoyas ruin. Talape no longer exists. Local farmers had removed the stone blocks in their building of cattle fences.

peter lerche Archaeologist Peter Lerche, explorer and authority on the religious world of pre-Inca Chachapoya, has lived in Chachapoyas studying the Chachapoyas culture over the past 20 years. Dr. Lerche has worked for the National Cultural Institute in Peru as a consultant in tourism development and as Director of the Department of Conservation of Archaeological Monuments. His efforts have resulted in the establishment of The Camayoc Foundation.

The Camayoc Foundation is a non-governmental organization launched in Lima, Peru in 1998. Dr. Peter Lerche is President and members of the board include an engineer, a topographer and 2 museologists. Camayoc is founded to respond to the urgent need for conservation of the archaeological sites and natural environment of the Amazonas Department (or region) of Peru. Headquartered in Chachapoyas, the capital of Amazonas Department, the Camayoc Foundation will endeavor to increase awareness of the important natural and cultural resources that are available. It will do this by encouraging the:

•  protection of selected archaeological monuments based on their importance and accessibility. Monuments will be cleaned of vegetation, mapped and (when possible) restored.
•  construction of a museum in the town of Chachapoyas to showcase the local cultural traditions, archaeological collections, and serve as an interpretation center for visitors.
•  development of the traditional arts and crafts of the local people development of proposals to protect the natural environment and establish preserves for nature.
•  support and assist tourism activities through improving local infrastructure and promotion.
•  undertake these activities in cooperation with the Chachapoyas Tourist Office and the National Cultural Institute.

For information on how you can help in the mission of the Camayoc Foundation contact Expphoto:

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