Los Pinchudos

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Los Pinchudos is an elaborate Chachapoya tomb complex, perched into a high rock cleft in one of Peru's northern Andean cloud forests. Los Pinchudos is located in Río Abiseo National Park, a natural and cultural World Heritage Site, guarded and closed to all except scientific missions. The clay and stone tombs of the complex have wooden roofs and are painted in red, yellow, black, and white colors. Anthropomorphic carvings featuring large phalluses are responsible for giving the site its name.[1]

Due to the tombs' deteriorated condition, a result of seismic activity, exposure to the harsh tropical environment, and damage by tourists, Los Pinchudos was listed in the 2000 World Monuments Watch by the World Monuments Fund.[2] In 2000 American Express offered $47,000 through the Fund for an emergency conservation and structural stabilization project.[3] While these emergency actions were successful, the site was also listed on the 2002 World Monuments Watch in order to raise awareness for additional conservation work required at the site and for the need of a permanent site management plan.[4]

"Los Pinchudos" were large statues in which there strong featured male anatomies inspired the name, "Los Pinchudos", which is slang for "the big penises."-Gwin Peter. The researchers believe that these tombs and their surrounding will teach them many things about their vanished culture. The site is located in the Rio Abiseo National Park which is a natural and cultural World Heritage, which has been closed to the public and where tourism is not permitted at all. Government officials are studying to see if they can figure out how this area can be accessed, which has to be done with caution because this is a site where there is always research going on. Not only are tourist not allowed but the scientist have some areas that are restricted to them as well because they want to protect the cloud forest, the archaeological sites, and keep the extreme rare yellow-tailed woolly monkey from being extinct. Los Pinchudos is cultural and natural place it is the ancient burial of ground of the Chachapoyas. The fact that these monuments are exposed to severe weather due to the tropical environment it has brought the structures there at the verge of collapsing. Still to this day they wonder how the wooden statues of Los Pinchines has yet not rotted away, it comes to show how nature is amazing as well as man, they can both do miracles and have many surprises.

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-(http://search.proquest.com.libproxy.fullerton.edu/docview/748671555?accountid=9840) - Gwin, Peter : Tombs of Peru's Cloud People, National Geographic. Jun2004, Vol.205 Issue 6, p.56-59