Swiss archaeologists to restore Stela Raimondi

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Stela Raimondi monument to be restored and returned to Chavin museum. If you didn’t read about the Stela Raimondi in your history classes as a kid in junior high, or maybe you did and simply forgot what cultural significance it bears for Peruvian history, _Living in Peru_ is here to give you a short and sweet refresher.

The Stela Raimondi is perhaps the greatest monument of lithic art in the Chavin culture located in the Peruvian Andes in the province of Huari in the Ancash department.

Due to its historical significance (which we’ll get to more later), its preservation is of utmost importance. That is why Swiss archaeologists are about to take on the restoration of the archaeological piece this September, according to El Comercio

After the recovery of the object it will be returned to its original location in Ancash and to the National Museum of Chavin.

The Mayor of Nuevo Chimbote, Valentín Fernández Bazán, informed of the news in a meeting with the Minister of Culture Diana Alvarez Calderon, among other authorities including well-known archaeologist Luis Lumbreras Salcedo reports El Comercio.

It has been a process to approve the recovery of the monument and the return of the stone to the Chavin National Museum, as it is currently at the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru in Lima.

Chavin is significant as it is one of the best-known pre-Colombian sites according to UNESCO. A former place of worship, it was occupied between 1500 and 300 B.C. in the Peruvian Andes. It offers incredible views of terraces and squares, dressed stone structures and zoomorphic arts.

The Stela Raimondi is a polished granite stone reaching seven feet high. It is incised with lightly etched designs, unique to Chavin and is known as contour rivalry technique. One of the images on the Stela includes a deity holding two Huachuma cactus. Depending on the viewpoint it could be seen as a vicious creature and from another perspective a smiling reptile.

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