Pyramid in Peru Torn Down by Developers

5 Jul

El Paraiso, the archaeological site some 40km north of Lima where the 20ft pyramid was torn down

El Paraiso, the archaeological site some 40km north of Lima where the 20ft pyramid was torn down. Photograph: Ernesto Benavides/AFP/Getty Images

By AP

Real estate developers using heavy machinery tore down a 20ft (6m) tall pyramid at one of Peru‘s oldest archaeological sites, cultural officials have said.

Rafael Varon, deputy minister of cultural patrimony, told reporters on Wednesday that the destruction occurred over the weekend at the ruins of El Paraiso, a few miles north of Peru’s capital, Lima.

He said his agency has lodged criminal complaints against two companies for the damage – identified as Alisol and Provelanz – and has moved to seize the equipment used. People who answered the telephone at both companies said no one was available to comment.

Peru’s tourism ministry says El Paraiso was built some 4,000 years ago and was a religious and administrative centre, long before the rise of the Inca culture encountered by the Spanish conquerors.

Marco Guilen, director of an excavation project at El Paraiso, said the people who tore down the pyramid “have committed irreparable damage to a page of Peruvian history”.

“We are not going to be able to know in what ways it was constructed, what materials were used in it and how the society in that part of the pyramid behaved,” said Guilen.

Varon said people apparently working for the two companies tore down one pyramid and tried to destroy three others, but were stopped by witnesses.

Mayor Freddy Ternero of San Martin de Porres, the town where the ruins are located, said the pyramids were sited in agricultural fields and were not guarded, though he said the minister of the interior sent police to protect it after the incident.

9 Responses to “Pyramid in Peru Torn Down by Developers”

  1. aboriginalpress July 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    Reblogged this on .

  2. dyscommunicator July 5, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    I guess everyone deserves a Starbucks

  3. Russell July 5, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

    Reblogged this on JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba.

  4. petrel41 July 6, 2013 at 3:50 am #

    Reblogged this on Dear Kitty. Some blog and commented:
    After the corporate destruction of a Mayan pyramid in Belize …

  5. cbholganza July 6, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Reblogged this on charly's blogsite and commented:
    How sad that such priceless treasures have to be sacrificed for the sake of modernization.

  6. Dr. Rex July 6, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    We are in deep trouble when progress and developing step over bounds …. the importance of this sacred place, the cultural value, the disrespect shown to evidence of past civilizations … I can go on ….. this would be like the deforestation that’s still allowed, like destroying the oldest US school in St. Augustine, FL … Told you I could go on ….. Irremplazable … irreparable!😦

  7. Dr. Rex July 6, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    We are in deep trouble when progress and developing step over bounds …. the importance of this sacred place, the cultural value, the disrespect shown to evidence of past civilizations … I can go on …..

  8. tashterd July 6, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    jesus…

  9. Rolling Harbour July 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    This report puts the word ‘developer’ in an interesting new light… RH

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