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Protecting Peru’s Cultural Heritage

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

LIMA, PERU—Four people led by Blanca Alva in Peru’s ministry of culture are responsible for protecting the country’s archaeological sites and artifacts. Her job is complicated by traffickers who are selling fake titles to archaeological sites to squatters looking for somewhere to live in Lima’s tight housing market. “The problem with Peruvian law is that you have to evict people in the first 24 hours. Once the 24 hours are up, you can’t evict; you have to take it to court,” she explained.