Palacio Tschudi - Chan Chan, Peru

General Attributes
Project NamePalacio Tschudi - Chan Chan
Spatial DataDownload (Links to all available data types will be emailed)
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Data Types

Data Type Size Device Name Device Type
LiDAR - Terrestrial96.2 GBFaro Focus S350 Phase Based Laser Scanner
Photogrammetry - Terrestrial300 GBNikon D810 DSLR
Photogrammetry - Aerial9.03 GBDJI Phantom 4 Pro Drone
Site Description"Chan Chan Archaeological Site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1986. The property’s Statement of Outstanding Universal Value, adopted in 2011, describes it as an “absolute masterpiece of town planning” that “uniquely integrates the symbolic and sacred architecture with technological knowledge and the adaptation to the native environment”. Over 100,000 people visit the site every year to gain a better understanding of the lives of those who built one of the most powerful empires in pre-Columbian America. At the time of the property’s inscription, the World Heritage Committee decided to simultaneously inscribe it on the List of World Heritage in Danger due to the rapid deterioration of the archaeological site’s state of conservation, Resulting from its vulnerability to climatic conditions. The adobe metropolis of Chan Chan was once the capital city of the Chimú civilization which flourished on the northern coast of Peru between the 10th and 15th centuries. Stretching over twenty square kilometers, Chan Chan was once the largest pre-Columbian city in South America. The Chimú transformed the landscape of the area with thousands of structures, adobe walls etched with images of fish and seabirds and intricately shaped geometrical designs. The city planning reflects a strict political and social hierarchy, marked by the city's division into nine "
Project DescriptionCyArk traveled to Northern Peru in August 2019 to document the Palacio Tschudi and Palacio Rivero walled complexes within the UNESCO world heritage site of Chan Chan. The sites documented were selected in partnership with the Ministry of Culture of Peru through the Dirección Desconcentrada de Cultura de La Libertad and the Proyecto Especial Complejo Arqueológico Chan Chan (Pecach). Mapping efforts included LiDAR laser scanning, terrestrial photogrammetry and aerial photogrammetry with drones. Higher resolution capture was completed at the funerary complex at Palacio Rivero and the audiencias at Palacio Tschudii. The funerary complex and audiencias are protected with protective roof coverings and cannot be documented from the air. A workshop on digital documentation was held for participants from the Proyecto Especial Complejo Arqueológico Chan Chan around digital documentation and processing techniques for use in the ongoing monitoring program.
Collection Date2019-08-12 to 2019-08-22
Publication Date2020-06-22
License TypeCC BY-NC-SA
FundersGoogle Arts and Culture
Site AuthorityMinisterio de Cultura , Dirección Desconcentrada de Cultura de La Libertad
CyArk 2020: Palacio Tschudi - Chan Chan - LiDAR - Terrestrial , Photogrammetry - Terrestrial , Photogrammetry - Aerial , LSP Files . Collected by CyArk . Distributed by Open Heritage 3D.

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