Pre-Columbian wall discovered beneath street in imperial city of Cuzco

A pre-Columbian wall was unearthed by archaeologists beneath Triunfo Street in Cuzco, a jewel of human heritage and architecture located in the Andes of southern Peru.

An 80-centimeter wide and 7-meter long remnant of the green diorite stone-built wall was uncovered beneath Triunfo Street.

According to archeologist Carlos Rosell Bocanegra, the wall – which originally stretched over 100 meters – marked the entryway into Antisuyo, one of the four quarters of the Incan Empire, or Tahuantinsuyo.

Though further investigation and analysis will be necessary before it can be determined exactly when the wall was constructed, Bocanegra believes it was built by the Killke, a culture that flourished in the Cuzco region prior to the emergence of the Inca in the 1200s.

Cuzco, once the capital of the Inca Empire, is designated as the Historical Capital of Peru in the Constitution and is one of the country’s top tourist destinations.

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