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The Andenes Centrales, largely the territory covered by present-day Peru, have been -as very few places in the world- a privileged scenario of social developments notable for their degree of complexity and profuse historical legacy.

As a result of successive occupations occurring after approximately 15,000 BCE, the amount of cultural material inherited by the Peruvian Nation is immeasurable and its characteristics are diverse and complex; its proper management, therefore, represents a great challenge and at the same time a unique development opportunity for our country.

Unfortunately, the great amount and wealth of pre-Hispanic material culture is proportional to the systematic loot to which the historical heritage has been subjected over several centuries. This practice, along with excavations carried out within the framework of various scientific research projects and contract archeology, has resulted in the formation of large collections of materials that are usually housed in private collections, warehouses and museums.

This International Colloquium proposes to discuss the origin, current situation and possibilities of archaeological collections in the country. It aims to set up a meeting and reflection point to discuss and articulate policies and strategies for the proper management of the mentioned collections, understanding them as a medium capable of contribute significantly to promoting citizenship and generate critical thinking; as a way to generate social development.

For this, thematic tables are proposed -and will address the different aspects involved in the management of archaeological collections. The exposition and the subsequent discussion about the theme of each table, will be in charge of outstanding professionals, who -from their valuable experiences in their respective areas of expertise- will cast some light on the potential and challenges facing archaeological collections in our country.

The event will take place on August 23 of this year at Casa Andina Hotel in Trujillo, and on August 24 at El Brujo Archaeological Complex, to, finally, close the activities that same day with a celebration prepared jointly with the community of Magdalena of Cao. 

See full program HERE.