All CTís projects have contained significant archaeological elements
and the Trust has worked with local communities and the Peruvian National
Institute of Culture not only to investigate and protect the many ancient
sites in the areas where we have worked, but also to restore some of these
as a heritage resource for the future.
In Ollantaytambo in 1996, with European Community and UK National Lottery funding, this cultural component took physical shape with the establishment of CATCCO Ė the Andean Centre for Traditional Technology and Culture of the Communities of Ollantaytambo. Located close to the townís main plaza, the centre was dedicated to the history, traditional culture and technology and the environment of the area. Community representatives from all over the local District met to discuss the workings and content of the centre. It was decided to install a small museum and local people contributed items such as weavings, ceramics and agricultural implements. The background histories to these objects were recorded. The Centre included a pottery workshop, rooms for community meetings and also became home to a womenís weaving co-operative.
CATCCO was officially opened by HRH Princess Anne in December 1997. The Centre was the embodiment of a key aim in all of CTís projects - the retrieval of traditional knowledge and technologies, and the demonstration of how important it is to strengthen and give a contemporary value to Andean culture, promoting the participation and organisational capacity of local people and protecting their inheritance as an integral part of the patrimony of Peru.