Pachacamac: the « Lourdes » of the pre-Columbian era (Peru)

2016 • 26' • French, English & Neutral Spanish

Poster of Pachacamac: the « Lourdes » of the pre-Columbian era (Peru)

Director(s): Agnes Molia & Thibaud Marchand • Producer(s): Tournez S'il Vous Plait • Coproducer(s): ARTE • Format(s): HD

In Peru, on the shores of the Pacific, an Inca city buried under the desert sands has intrigued archaeologists for almost a hundred years. Surrounded by sandy and shadowless landscapes, and with temperatures rising to 40°C, this ancient city is known as “Pachacamac”. Archaeologist Peter Eeckhout has been excavating this site for over twenty years. In this episode, the archaeologist guides us through his own work. According to Eeckhout, Pachacamac used to host what was probably the most spectacular pilgrimage of the Inca Empire, gathering believers from all corners of the Andes. Yet in the fifteenth century, within a few years, the Inca city was deserted. Today, Peter Eeckhout has finally discovered the reason for this strange desertion...

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