Protection for little-known archaeological site

Authorities in Lambayeque are making moves to ensure the protection of and archaeological site known as “the little
Machu Picchu”.
 The El Señorío de Cinto site, located in Pátapo (about half an hour from Chiclayo, in the North of Peru) is Peru’s largest archaeological site, extending more than 5km and containing roads, stone buildings and petroglyphs from several pre-Hispanic cultures. 

The site is currently little-known and at risk from nearby quarrying activity. Officials are working to raise its profile as well as to have it declared a protected zone, with stiff penalties for anyone engaging in irresponsible development.

The site, which dates back to the year 700AD, has at its centre a deep oasis.

Information from Andina and other sources

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