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Chankillo was built as a fortified temple complex over 2,300 years ago in the coastal desert of Peru, near the Casma-Sechín river basin. Archaeological evidence indicates that Chankillo may be the earliest known astronomical observatory in the Americas.

In 2012, CyArk aided the World Monuments Fund in documenting Chankillo by carrying out laser scanning and mapping to develop a detailed 3-D model of the site. The digital preservation of Chankillo is incredibly valuable due to the intensity of erosion over the years caused by strong winds, humidity, temperature fluctuations, and earthquakes.

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