Ancient offerings – including pottery, stones, and a ceremonial pot – were found in Machu Picchu during an archeological excavation this week, local media reported.
The artifacts are though to have been made in the 15th century, during the time of Inca Pachacutec, and the ceremonial pot is thought to have been made between the 10th and 12th century, during the Chimu period. The remains were found 70 centimeters beneath the ground, El Comercio reported.
Archaeologist Carlos Villanueva Delgado said the artifacts were likely offerings made to the apus of Machu Picchu and to the Salcantay peak.
Excavation work, Villanueva said, will continue on Monday and Tuesday.
“More important discoveries will be had in the future,” Cusco’s Regional Directorate of Culture, David Ugarte, predicted.