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The Huacas del Sol y de la Luna Project is chosen as one of the top 10 archaeological research projects in the world

19 August 2013

Lima, August 15, 2013 – The Huacas del Sol y de la Luna Project, carried out since 1991 by the National University of Trujillo, with the support of Patronato Huacas del Valle de Moche and Backus Foundation, has been chosen from among 99 worldwide projects as one of the top 10 archaeological research projects. It will be presented and discussed at the inaugural meeting of the Shanghai Archaeology Forum (SAF), which will take place in Shanghai from August 22nd to August 27th this year. It will be attended by Dr. Santiago Uceda, co-director of the project.

The Shanghai Archaeology Forum is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the research, presentation and protection of worldwide archaeological resources and other forms of historical heritage. It is supported by the Institute of Archaeology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and it takes place every two years.

The SAF selection programme recognises individuals and organisations that have distinguished themselves by their innovative, creative and rigorous work and have generated new knowledge about our past that is important for our contemporary world and common future. Its goals are to promote excellence and innovation in archaeological research, to generate public awareness and an appreciation for archaeology in order to protect and preserve archaeological resources and cultural heritage worldwide, and to promote international collaboration and alliances among scholars and the public from other countries.

The selection process of the projects was carried out by a selection committee formed by 40 experts from different parts of the world. It adopted a procedure of two rounds of evaluation and selection, highlighting the principles of excellence and impartiality. The first round preselected 44 candidates, and the second round selected the 20 finalists: 10 for the “main archaeological discoveries” category and 10 for the “main research projects” category. The Huaca del Sol y de la Luna project was selected in this latter category.

The Huaca del Sol y de la Luna Project, co-directed by Santiago Uceda, archaeologist, and Ricardo Morales, art restorer, is based on four cornerstones: research, conservation, public use and local development. Its main characteristics are an interdisciplinary approach and the support of public-private alliances for funding and the comprehensive management of the monument, a new model for the conservation and development of historical heritage promoted by Backus.

It is worth mentioning that the management model applied to the Huaca del Sol y de la Luna Project, which receives more than 135,000 visitors a year and generates a significant impact on the growth of the local economy, has been recognised on different occasions by different institutions. It received the Queen Sofía Prize from the Spanish government, the Business Creativity Prize and the RSE Perú 2021 Prize.

About Backus:

Union of Peruvian Breweries and Johnston is the brewing industry leader in Peru. It has five decentralised production plants in Lima (Ate), Arequipa, Cuzco, Motupe and Pucallpa. It also has a malt factory and a mineral water plant. It has a well-segmented portfolio of national and international brands that seeks to satisfy consumers at more than 180,000 selling points throughout the country. During 2012, Backus sold 11.943 millions of hectolitres of beer, which means an increment of 6.6 percent in comparison to last year. Also, the net sales of the company reached S/. 3,398.3 million, which is equivalent to an increase of 13.1 percent during the same period.

Backus works with a focus in sustainable development, with the goal of generating shared value with the people who are part of its value chain and the communities in which it operates. That is why all its initiatives and projects want to generate social inclusion and strategic alliances to favour the efforts and achieve a greater impact in economic, social and environmental terms for the society as a whole.

For more information, contact with:
Cecilia Quevedo
Comunicaciones Externas Backus - 3113000
César Ibargüen
LLORENTE & CUENCA222-9491 Anexo 266


This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist. 

Note, the news release was first published in its local market on August 15th, 2013.


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