For the first time, it will be possible to execute the “Works for Taxes” mechanism on archaeological monuments

  • The investment will be over 3.5 million soles.
  • The project includes the excavation of three areas of the archaeological site, its promotion and tourism diffusion, as well as conservation and education actions.

The execution of the investment project “Touristic conditioning of the El Brujo Archaeological Complex – Ascope, in La Libertad”, will require an investment of more than 3.5 million soles and will be carried out thanks to the  “Works for Taxes” mechanism, which is executed for the first time about archaeological monuments.

The announcement was made by the Minister of Culture Francesco Petrozzi, who said that this investment project is the first linked to scientific research topics in archeology and aims to provide the right conditions for the El Brujo Archaeological Complex to improve its tourism potential.

“This project in El Brujo Archaeological Complex Center marks a before and after in the history of the cultural management of our country, not only because it is the first time that the “Works for Taxes” mechanism on archaeological monuments is achieved; but because it opens a new path to finance the investigations of our cultural heritage, allowing the participation of private companies, accessing new knowledge of our past; and, above all, to spread it among all Peruvians” said Minister Petrozzi.

It should be noted that this initiative will be carried out in co-execution between the Ministry of Culture and La Libertad Regional Government, being the Property Panamerican company, the one in charge of carrying out the mentioned project which should begin in the first quarter of 2020 and will last approximately two years.

On the other hand, the Minister of Culture indicated that, although several years ago the burial of the Lady of Cao was discovered, modifying our vision about the role of women in ancient Peru, the excavations that will be carried out thanks to this investment project will allow us to know -in a better level of detail- aspects of the Mochica culture, as well as the other human occupations that happened in El Brujo over more than 14,000 years of history. “Let’s not forget that according to some experts, at the moment we only know 5% of what El Brujo has to offer us”, he said.

Also, the Minister of Culture stressed the importance of the joint effort of the participating institutions that will contribute to the enhancement of the archaeological heritage of our country for tourism purposes and continue with research on this complex.

This first project is the result of the joint work with the Regional Government of La Libertad and the Wiese Foundation, the latter being very committed for several years with the development of the El Brujo Archaeological Complex.