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Stone floor and ritual vessel found at Machu Picchu

A stone floor and fragmented ritual vessel have been found at Machu Picchu. In a passage behind the “water mirrors” (recinto de espejos de agua), researchers at the Ministry of Culture have revealed a stone paved floor and, at one of its corners, a vessel that would have been used to

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

Ceremonial pot unearthed at Machu Picchu

A ceremonial pot and stones have been unearthed at Machu Picchu in Peru. The pieces, which were discovered by experts of Cusco's Regional Directorate of Culture, were found 70 centimeters underground. According to archeologist Carlos Werner Delgado, the artifacts were left as an offering to the gods of Machu Picchu and Salkantay

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

Thracian fortress-sanctuary found in Bulgaria

A fortress-sanctuary, dubbed the "Bulgarian Machu Picchu", has been discovered 1,200 metres above sea level just outside of the Sredna Gora mountain range in Bulgaria. “The residence of the Odrysian kings is a monument unrivaled in scope in Southeastern Europe. I am convinced there is no other fortress-sanctuary dating back

Inca road discovered in Peru

A previously unknown Inca road leading to Machu Picchu has been found in Peru. The Inca road is made of stone masonry approximately 1 meter (3 1/4 feet) wide, with sustaining walls along the way rising some 4 to 5 meters (13 to 16 feet) high, according to a communique from

Pre-Inca tomb found in Marchu Picchu Park

Archaeologists working in the Machu Picchu Archaeological Park have uncovered a pre-Inca tomb. Resident archaeologist Francisco Huaycaya Quispe said that these remains would belong to a woman from the Quillke culture, an indigenous which flourished before the Inca Empire. According to the archaeologist, this hypothesis is based on the pottery and ruminant

Machu Picchu: A mini re-creation of a mythic landscape?

A new study is proposing that Machu Picchu, in Peru, was an Inca pilgrimage site and a scaled-down version of a mythic landscape. The finding challenges the conventional view that Machu Picchu was a royal estate of the Inca ruler Pachacuti, who built it around A.D. 1460. "I believe that much of