Archaeology

Local mayor announces discovery of pre-Columbian archeological fortress

A lost archaeological fortress buried beneath thick, jungle vegetation has apparently been rediscovered in southeast Peru. The Manco Pata fortress was uncovered in Kimbiri, a remote district in Cusco department and part of the Apurímac and Ene river valleys, VRAE, according to the mayor, Guillermo Torres. Torres told Agencia Andina […]

by · January 11, 2008 · Comments are Disabled · Archaeology, Travel/Tourism

Peru police recover 64 antiquities in undercover operation

Peruvian Police recovered 64 antiquities yesterday during an undercover operation in Lima’s Barranco district. One of the artifacts was a pre-Inca shawl dating back to the Paracas Culture. Officials say the 2.5-meter-by-1.5-meter shawl is worth $500,000 on the black market. It was offered to the undercover officer at a bargain […]

by · December 12, 2007 · Comments are Disabled · Archaeology, Crime

Stone blocks at Machu Picchu are 250-million-years-old

Peruvian geologists date stone blocks used in Machu Picchu’s construction to 250-million-years-old. The study’s co-author and geo-scientific director at the Geological Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (INGEMMET), Víctor Carlotto, told Agencia Andina the stones were formed three to six miles below the earths crust. “Through the process of uplifting in […]

by · November 26, 2007 · Comments are Disabled · Archaeology

4,000-year-old temple mural unearthed in northern Peru

Radiocarbon tests announced on Nov. 10 date a multicolored mural excavated in northern Peru to 4,000-years-old. This makes it the oldest mural in the Americas and part of the late preceramic period – 3500 to 1800 B.C. The mural depicts a deer trapped under a multicolored net. Deer hunting was […]

by · November 12, 2007 · Comments are Disabled · Archaeology