Archeological research being carried out in Machu Picchu could result in groundbreaking findings, local radio RPP reported.
Thierry Jamin, an archeologist, said Thursday that a study is underway which could unearth evidence that Machu Picchu is in fact the burial ground of the Inca Pachacutec.
According to Jamin, in 2010 a tourist informed the Inkari Institute that he had found a “gateway” inside the Machu Picchu archeological site.
"We thought he was crazy, (…) but we started a project," Jamin said.
“We have seen the presence of very important archeological material, because of the nature and context of the area,” he said, adding that researchers had found dozens of opening and meal deposits which could belong to several graves under Machu Picchu.
Jamin said that 3D x-ray’s would be needed to analyze the site in order to examine what may be buried underneath.
“This could confirm a hypothesis by archaeologist Guillermo Lumbreras, who for years has regarded Machu Picchu as Pachacutec’s mausoleum.”
“It can’t be a priest or curaca who is buried there, it could only be the final resting place of a royal clan,” Jamin said, according to RPP.
Meanwhile, regional directorate of culture David Ugarte said the research would be handled with care, in order to avoid “general looting.”