Chan Chan: Peruvian archaeologists find 17
500-year-old wood statuettes
October 20, 2009. Source: Andina
After several weeks of excavations a
total of 17 wood statuettes of more
than 500 years old found at Ñain An
Palace, located in Chan Chan
mud-built citadel (Trujillo
province), were presented on Monday.
Cristobal Campana, Director of 110 Executing Unit,
responsible for the restoration and conservation of the largest
mud-built citadel in the world, said they found a total of 17
anthropomorphic wood statuettes, which are built on the ground
and within a few vaulted niches in the sides of the ceremonial
“We have found 20 vaulted niches, but only 17 statuettes. We
believe that the missing 3 were removed by settlers before
closing the temple,” he said.
“This is the most important find in the last years and
performed by Peruvian archaeologists in Chan Chan citadel. At
present, 16 specialists are performing restoration works in
situ,” he added.
He pointed out that these statuettes may have been placed in
this area between 1350 and 1400 A.D., period that belongs to the
Chimu culture, largely developed in northern Peru.