The collection of slides constituting the historical archive of Fernando Astete is the result of the anthropologist’s efforts in guiding and representing the public image of Machu Picchu for over 35 years, while dedicating his life to safeguarding the collective memory of a symbolic logo for the archaeological and cultural identity of Peru. His interests focus, on the one hand, on the scientific register of the construction process of a natural and cultural heritage site that embraces 37 thousand hectares of the Amazonian Andes. On the other hand, his indigenous identity and direct descendance direct the attention of his shots to an ancestral perception of the landscape, which was over time gradually shaped by the builders. Numerous themes and memories recorded from the 1970s to the 2000s emerge from the complexity of this collection, which includes archaeological excavations and registers, fires, manifestations of nature, construction details, technological expressions and conservation activities of site’s historic monuments, its animated geography and the cosmos-centric topography that characterises Inca planning.
Fernando Astete Victoria
Peruvian Anthropologist from the University San Antonio Abad of Cusco, who dedicated his life to the research, safeguard, and conservation of the Historic Sanctuary of Machupicchu. After its inscription on the World Heritage List, he explored 37,000 hectares of the park, identifying over 200 sites and highly contributing to the overall comprehension of Inca landscapes. In 1994 and again in 1998, he served as Chief of the National Archaeological Park of Machupicchu, and from 2001 to 2019, he continued to incrementally build a large interdisciplinary and international group of professionals and technicians, significantly widening the horizons of scientific research on the site. His publications and theories regarding the construction process, technologies, landscape planning and astronomy of the site have guided major scientific debates for the last forty years. His vast popularity among local communities also earned him the title of “guardian of the place”. Moreover, due to his outstanding career, he was recognized and honored as "Outstanding Americanist" at the 56th International Congress of Americanists in 2018. In 2020, he was distinguished by the Peruvian authorities as a "Meritorious Personality of Culture".
UNESCO Chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites USI – Università della Svizzera italiana
UNESCO Chair in Anthropology of Health - Biosphere and Systems of Heal - University of Genoa; Museum of Ethnomedicine A. Scarpa
Dirección Desconcentrada de Cultura de Cusco