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Archaeologists find Inca funerary sites in Cusco, Peru

Two funerary complexes from the Inca period have been found in the outskirts of Cusco, Peru, Juan Garcia of the National Institute of Culture, announced yesterday.

Another important finding in history-rich Cusco. (Photo: Andina) The funerary complexes cover an area of 25 acres in the archaeological zone of Qhataqasapatallaqta, in the outskirts of the district of Santiago, said García.

The sites include an array of clay floors, streets, plazas, houses, terraced fields and sandstone terraces from pre-Hispanic times, when the Incas ruled over most of western South America.

Some of the constructions are believed to be even older, from the Killke culture that occupied the Cusco valley before the Incas.

Together with site archaeologist Carmen Concha, García presented human remains and various objects that were found in the excavations.

Both emphasized the need to protect the sites, which are located in the midst of populated areas.

Author: Mario Sandoval | Source: Living in Peru [October 14, 2010]


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