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Peru ancient artifacts found buried in Machu Picchu
(Photo: Andina/Percy Hurtado)
By Manuel Vigo
October 22, 2012
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.
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Total coments: 3
Commented By: Peruvian_gringo
On: October 23, 2012. 6:45 pm
My guess is since it was found in Machu Picchu, the Incas were using pottery from the Chimu period..
Commented By: Manco
On: October 23, 2012. 4:49 pm
the pot in this photo is not Chimu, it's Inca. Just a generic archive photo of some other dig?
Commented By: Michael
On: October 22, 2012. 9:39 pm
Chimu stuff is arguably ancient. Inca stuff is *not* ancient.
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