NEW FINDINGS AT MACHU PICCHU
During the maintenance and exploration work carried out by specialists from the Decentralized Culture Directorate of Cusco, a number of archaeological evidences were discovered at the Torrepata hill, located inside the National Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu.
According to the archaeologist Francisco Huarcaya, funerary contexts were found, ceremonial spaces such as wakas, cave paintings, rocky shelters, puquios, viewpoints and other evidences, corresponding to the Inca period.
In the middle part of the hill Torrepata was discovered a rocky shelter of 8 meters of depth and 12 meters of length, oriented from East to West. In its interior red cave paintings have been identified, with figures of camelids, circles, squares, straight lines and anthropomorphic figures.
In the same way, a funeral context was discovered containing human skeletons and ceramic fragments from the Inka period, which will be analyzed to determine their anthropomorphic characteristics.
At the summit of the same hill, a carved and polished rock was recorded at both ends, probably in the process of finishing, which is oriented towards the snowy Wakaywillka. This rock is associated with ponds and water eyes that are part of the archaeological landscape of this area.
Both finds were covered by dense vegetation that for years grew up in the area and were found during the maintenance work that is carried out on a permanent basis by the staff of the Decentralized Culture Directorate of Cusco.
“These findings will be studied by the specialists of our institution and the corresponding work will be carried out to recover them and put them in value,” said archaeologist Francisco Huarcaya, who is responsible for the Conservation of the Machu Picchu Inca Trail Network.