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date: 22 June 2021

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For the last 35 years an approach to rural development based on archaeological and environmental data and the accumulation of practical experience has underlain the Cusichaca Trust’s projects in different regions of highland Peru. The challenge has not just been the technical one of reviving centuries old systems of irrigation canals and agricultural terraces. Equally important has been the social goal of working alongside highland farming communities to consolidate traditional knowledge and encourage local capacities and responsibilities. This chapter presents a review of the Trust’s work and an assessment of the future possibilities for this example of ‘applied archaeology’

Keywords: applied archaeology, rural development, agricultural terraces, canal systems, Peru, Andes

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