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Peru: Inca funerary tower discovered in Puno
September 22, 2011
A recently discovered 12 angled stone in the archaeological complex of Sillustani in Puno, has given further evidence that the Incas crossed the border and reached the plateau, said archaeologist Eduardo Arizaca head of the restoration of the chullpas (funerary towers) in the area.
"There is a high level of engineering here, which in many cases involved the removal of stones from quarries located six kilometers away," said the Arizaca to Andina.
He explained that the piece had probably been created around the year 1500 and is part of a chullpa being built in the final phase of the Incas, when work was interrupted by the arrival of Spanish conquistadors.
"Overall it’s in good state of preservation, but would require intervention to strengthen its protection," he said.
He noted that the stone, which is 1.70 meters high and 3 meters long, will generate a positive impact on the growth of tourism and could become one of the most striking aspects at Sillustani.
The 12 angled stone was found during the restoration of ten chullpas in Sillustani , a project led by regional authorities in Puno, under the supervision of the Regional Directorate of Culture.
So far the restoration work, which began in early August and is scheduled to end on December 30, has found 17 human remains, as well as pottery and animal remains.
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