The construction of a museum in the local village
With strong desire from the local people, it was decided to build a museum within the village in order to preserve the artifacts discovered in the excavations at Kuntur Wasi. Construction of the museum was funded through donations collected from the public at exhibitions held in Japan. In addition, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs also provided subsidies for various other facilities. The museum was completed in 1994, and donated to the village by the Japanese research team. Management of the museum was entrusted to the Kuntur Wasi Cultural Association, which was established by the village. Electricity and water were obtained later through the efforts of local government. As a result of ongoing excavation projects, the museum had more artifacts in need of storage, and the Japanese side once again provided support to expand the museum. A police station and research facilities were later added, so that the museum, with the approval of the Peruvian government, is now fully functioning.
Restoration of the temple and establishment of heritage park
The temple of Kuntur Wasi, which had been buried for three thousand years, was revealed in its entirety after a decade of exhaustive excavations. This archaeological site, which is of great scholarly significance, should be appropriately restored and preserved, and displayed to the public. Widespread recognition of its value as cultural heritage would prevent further destruction and deterioration. Establishing a heritage park on the site, along with a museum, would contribute to the revitalization of the local community. Our plan was adopted by the UNESCO Division of Cultural Heritage, Culture Sector, and in 2000 an international research team (leader: Yasutake Kato) was organized at Saitama University. Together with the existing research team they launched a project entitled “Preservation and Restoration of the Historic Temple of Kuntur Wasi, Peru” funded by the UNESCO Japanese Trust Fund for the Preservation of the World Cultural Heritage. The construction of the heritage park was completed in 2003.