The ruins of Chan-Chan city in Peru continue to fascinate archaeologists from all parts of the world and they've found the ruins of the 1,000 year old settlement of the Mochicas and Chimus tribes in remarkably good condition.
GV Ceremonial Plaza PAN ALONG wall showing animal carving at base
CU Animal carvings (2 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Excavations TO piers with bird carvings (2 shots)
SV PAN ALONG Fort wall TO preserved huts
GV PAN OVER Excavation area showing conference hall (4 shots)
GV PAN OVER Site (2 shots)
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Background: The ruins of Chan-Chan city in Peru continue to fascinate archaeologists from all parts of the world and they've found the ruins of the 1,000 year old settlement of the Mochicas and Chimus tribes in remarkably good condition.
SYNOPSIS: The ancient city has suffered form two principal groups in its history...they destroyers and the reconstruct. It has been ransacked by treasure hunters and many have tried unsuccessfully to build new buildings to replace the authentic ones. Now the emphasis is on conservation, and restoration is being carefully watched by the authorities.
But, because the settlement was so large, most of it has escaped disaster. Its' built with adobe, the frail material used by the Mochicas and Chimus. No other country in the world can claim such extensive adobe ruins, and one of the highlights is the exquisite bird carvings.
The exact date when the building of Chan-Chan began is unknown, but it's thought that abut a thousand years ago it began to develop as the principal city on the north coast. It later became the capital of the Chimu kingdom.
Experts say the heart of the city once spread over an area of two square kilometres and contained about 45,000 people. the ruins show that the city was divided into sections designed to meet individual needs.
Some were used for industries, and others for arts and crafts and living areas. Outside the city there are signs of extensive farming -- furrows from cultivated land, large irrigation channels and roads. Defeat at the hands of the Incas in 1460 signified the end of the culture and less than a hundred years later the city and much of the surrounding area was deserted. Enormously valuable finds have been made in the area.
In the 16th century thousands of dollars worth of treasure was taken out, including a chair of gold and pearls, and in the last century a large quantity of silver vessels were found.