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Heritage 2018, 1(2), 392-413; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage1020027

Archaeological Restoration and Heritage Actions in Ollantaytambo

Independent Researcher, 31700 Elizondo, Spain
Received: 15 October 2018 / Revised: 11 November 2018 / Accepted: 23 November 2018 / Published: 27 November 2018
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Abstract

This article is concerned with the history of restoration work carried out over the last 40 years or so in the Inca site of Ollantaytambo, in the Cuzco region of Peru. The information gathered comes mainly from interviews conducted with professionals relevant to the study, as well as from archival work. Rather than dwelling on the appropriateness or not of the technical solutions implemented, from the point of view of international standards and expectations, the focus lies on the underlying reasons that have driven changes in the site´s physical appearance. Factors like restoration principles at work during the various interventions, the role of photography and visibility, the delicate relationship between tangible and intangible heritage, and the influence of tourism in an area visually inspired by the powerful imaginaries of Machu Picchu are explored. Some of the problems identified are associated with processes of puesta en valor, monumentalism, the influence of foreign models, and the role of architect-restorers. It will be argued that the site´s restoration history is problematic in ways that invite critical reassessment and engagement with current international debates on conservation and restoration concepts and practices, like authenticity. View Full-Text
Keywords: Ollantaytambo; archaeological restoration; production of Inca ruins; puesta en valor; tourism Ollantaytambo; archaeological restoration; production of Inca ruins; puesta en valor; tourism
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