Proyecto Arqueológico Jach’a Machaca
Roofing the deposito
Engineer, Director, and Maestro
Collecting river cobbles for the peripheral walls (2008)
Constructing the peripheral wall (2008)
Inaugurating the laboratory of the Centro de Investigación (2006)
Proyecto Arqueológico Jach’a Machaca collaborated with the community of Qhunqhu Liquiliqui to build a laboratory, permanent storage facility, and investigator housing.
In 2006 the bare-bones structure of the laboratory was completed and celebrated with generous libations of Paceña. The space was then fleshed out in 2007 with the addition of a wood floor, windows, and plastered walls. A motifs inspired by the iconic representations from the Jinchun Kala adorn the interior walls of the laboratory. Construction on the permanent storage facility began in 2008. In addition, an adobe wall was built around the grounds of the Centro de Investigación to define the space and keep out local farm animals. With a cement roof in place over the storage facility, the plan for 2009 is to construct a second story dedicated to housing the projects investigators.
Land for the center was donated by local community members. Without the careful coordination of community leaders and cooperation of the community of Qhunqhu Liquiliqui at large, the Centro de Investigación would have remained plans on the project director’s drawingboard We all pulled together to make this happen.
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