Discovery in Chan Chan: corridor with 700-year-old murals
It is located in the walled complex Utzh An, formerly Gran Chimú. The murals have decorations with marine motifs
A corridor with high relief murals was discovered in the Chan Chan Archaeological Complex, capital of the Chimú culture, in the Trujillo district of Huanchaco, La Libertad region. This new discovery was presented today by the Minister of Culture, Patricia Balbuena Palacios.
The corridor is in Utzh An – before Great Chimú¬-, one of the ten walled complexes that Chan Chan has in its more than 14 square kilometers of extension, about five kilometers from the Historic Center of Trujillo. It has an age of about 700 years and the murals have decorations with marine motifs.
In addition, squares (squares like of a chessboard) and waves predominate; and in the access area to the corridor there are representations of the “lunar animal”, a mythical symbol of the different prehispanic cultures of the coast and northern highlands of Peru, said Henry Gayoso Rullier, archaeologist in charge of the project of restoration of the perimeter walls of the walled settlement Utzh An.
“The escaques could be representing fishing nets,” Gayoso added. The archaeologist said the corridor was found about two weeks ago. “It’s about six meters wide and 50 meters long. We have still excavated half of the corridor (25 meters) and we have to go down 1.5 meters to reach the floor, “he added.
This corridor, Gayoso said, allows access from the street to a space known as ‘Patio de las olas’. “What we are doing at this moment is to restore the perimeter walls of the walled complex,” he said.
Utzh An corresponds to the average moment of the development of Chan Chan, approximately between the years 1,200 and 1,350, reported the Ministry of Culture. In addition, it covers a total area of 218,000 square meters and, according to Henry Gayoso, is the largest walled complex in Chan Chan. “It belongs to the urban area of the entire archaeological complex,” said the researcher.
This research project
Started on April 11 and will end on December 20 of this year. It has a term of execution of eight months and the State will invest S / 1’874,704.00.
“Investment projects like those promoted in Chan Chan require more resources, so we need to establish strategic alliances with the private sector, which have shown, as in the Cao Museum, to be very successful,” said the minister. of Culture, Patricia Balbuena, in Trujillo.
The walled complex Utzh An is not open to the public. It is still unknown if it was a temple, a citadel or a palace. However, the archaeologist Henry Gayoso presumes that he was “run” by an important character of the Chimú society, his family and a number of officers, administrators and service personnel.
“This is believed from the research done in other architectural complexes such as Nik An – before Tschudi and currently the only walled complex open to the public -,” Gayoso said.
For her part, Alejandra Rengifo Chunga, curator responsible for the walled complex Utzh An, explained that more than 100 people work in the area. “All the conservation work began with research and archeology,” he told this newspaper.
This new discovery was presented today by the Minister of Culture, Patricia Balbuena Palacios.
It has an age of about 700 years and the murals have decorations with marine motifs. (Photo: Johnny Aurazo)
Squares (square like a chessboard) and waves predominate; and in the access area to the corridor representations of the “lunar animal” are recorded.
“What we are doing at this moment is to restore the perimeter walls of the walled complex,” said Henry Gayoso Rullier, an archaeologist responsible for the restoration project of the perimeter walls of the walled complex Utzh An.
This corridor, Gayoso said, allows access from the street to a space known as ‘Patio de las olas’.
This research project began on April 11 and will conclude on December 20 of this year. (Photo: Johnny Aurazo).