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Inca road to Machu Pucchu discovered

A new section of the Inca road to Machu Picchu has been found hidden by heavy vegetation. According to Andina news agency, the newly discovered road is about one and a half kilometers long, and varies between 1.2 and 1.4 meters in breadth, depending on the terrain. The road begins at

Mummified teenage Incan girl suffered from respiratory infection

An analysis of a 15-year-old Incan girl who died 500 years ago shows that she suffered from a chronic respiratory infection. The team swabbed the lips of two Andean Inca mummies, buried at 22,000-feet elevation and originally discovered in 1999, and compared the proteins they found to large databases of the

Why did the Inca build Machu Picchu?

National Geographic has compiled a list of the top five theories on why the Inca built Machu Picchu. Nestled atop a mountain ridge in Peru, the 15th-century Inca city of Machu Picchu had sat largely forgotten for centuries—until archaeologist Hiram Bingham began excavations of the ruins a hundred years ago this

Inca war shield found in Peru

A metal artifact, believed to be a war shield, has been found in what may be an Inca citadel in northern Peru. Biologist Leyda Gueiler said the metal artifact seems to be a war shield while the stone ornaments were carved into the shape of leaves. "This well preserved artifact is strong

Woman caught mailing mummy by post

A Bolivian woman has been arrested after attempting to send a Peruvian mummy by post. The archaeological piece, probably from the Inca culture, was discovered during a routine inspection at the time it was being shipped through the Post Office of Bolivia in La Paz bound for the French town

Inca skeletons show evidence of Spanish brutality

Wired Science takes a look at some Incan skeletons which show how brutal the Spanish were. Murphy’s team assessed skeletons of 258 Inca individuals, age 15 or older, excavated several years ago at the two cemeteries. In one cemetery, bodies had been hastily deposited in shallow graves. One-quarter of 120

Incas practiced ritual decapitation of enemies

Archaeologists in Peru have concluded that the Inca decapitated their enemies to use the heads as offerings after finding three skulls in a ceremonial vessel. The director of Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park, Washington Camacho, told Efe Friday that the heads found this week on Qowicarana ridge, an ancient ceremonial center north of

Incan sacrificial victim’s remains found in Peru

The bones of an Incan woman sacrificied more than 2,000 years ago have been found in Peru. Baptized the "Lady of Pacopampa" after the site in the northern highlands where she was found, she was 1.55 meters (five feet one inch) tall, and was surrounded in her tomb with several gold