PERU EXHIBITION ON SATELLITE VIEW OF ANDEAN HERITAGE

(VELINO) Roma, 13 Oct - "The view of the Gods. Andean heritageobserved from space" is the title of an exhibition to be heldin Lima from Oct. 16 to Nov. 15. The exhibition, curated byProfessors Nicola Masini, Alvaro Higueras and Rosa Lasaponaraunder the patronage of the Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) ofLima, is a contribution by Italian research to our knowledge ofpre-Hispanic Peru. It also offers a reflection on theprotection and management of cultural heritage through the useof the very latest satellite observation technologies. Startingfrom the results of many years of experience of

(VELINO) Roma, 13 Oct - "The view of the Gods. Andean heritageobserved from space" is the title of an exhibition to be heldin Lima from Oct. 16 to Nov. 15. The exhibition, curated byProfessors Nicola Masini, Alvaro Higueras and Rosa Lasaponaraunder the patronage of the Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) ofLima, is a contribution by Italian research to our knowledge ofpre-Hispanic Peru. It also offers a reflection on theprotection and management of cultural heritage through the useof the very latest satellite observation technologies. Startingfrom the results of many years of experience of Italy'sNational Research Council (CNR) in Peru (2007-15), through theITHACA mission (Italian scientific mission for HeritageConservation and Archaeogeophysics) of the Institute ofArchaeological and Monumental Heritage (IBAM) and the Instituteof Methodologies for Environmental Analysis (IMAA), the displaypanels create an educational and explanatory guide to theethical and cultural use of space technology and remote sensingfor archaeological research and preservation of the landscape,with particular reference to Peru. The mission, with itsintegrated use of archaeogeophysics, diagnostics, remotesensing, geomatics and field surveys, has since 2007 carriedout preventive archaeology, and studies of environmental andman-made risk factors for the protection of cultural heritage,as well as diagnostics for conservation and restoration. Theseactivities include the detection of a settlement in Cahuachiburied in the bed of the Nazca river by the use of satelliteremote sensing, aerial surveys and thermal infrared geomagneticsurveying. Geophysical techniques were also used to support theexcavation of a ritual offering in the Naranjada Pyramid, whileanomalies were identified using ground penetrating radar andgeomagnetic methods at the Templo del Escalonado and later afourth century AD altar was discovered. Finally, amulti-temporal analysis was conducted into illegal excavation.In Ventarron a Moche temple was discovered at the Arenal siteusing ground penetrating radar surveys. In Tiwanaku a metricgrade map was made of a number of areas between Kantatallitaand Acapana and in Nazca a method was developed for processingsatellite data for the identification of areas and of twoPuquios (ancient Peruvian aqueducts) along with the firstresults of the characterisation of Nazca ceramics. vel.