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Archaeologists reveal more about 'lost city'

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Archaeologists reveal more about 'lost city'

Archaeologists have been revealing more about a 'lost city' found high in the Peruvian mountains.

More than 100 buildings including circular homes, storehouses, cemeteries and funeral towers were hidden by dense forests and cloud.

They now believe the site may be the most important discovery of its kind for 40 years.

A team from Britain, Peru and the US found and explored the settlement in the Vilcabamba region which is thought to date back to the last days of the Inca empire.

The 2.5 square mile settlement is on the slopes of a mountain called Cerro Victoria and may have been abandoned 400 years ago when the conquistadors arrived.

The Incas were driven out of their stronghold at Cuzco and into the Vilcabamba region by Spanish troops. It was there they made their last stand against the invaders and were finally defeated in 1572.

Cerro Victoria is 22 miles south of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, which has become one of South America's most visited tourist attractions.

Vilcabamba includes structures built in a style not associated with the Incas. This suggests another ethnic groups were living side-by-side with them.

Peter Frost, a British scholar who led the team, said tombs on the site have been looted but human remains were found. He added: "We believe that this was some sort of administrative centre for the Inca."

The Independent reports the exploration was filmed as part of a documentary for the National Geographic Channel.

Story filed: 08:30 Tuesday 19th March 2002

http://www.ananova.com/yournews/story/sm_547818.html

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Thanks, Crosis, I love to read about ancient civilizations. Interesting stuff

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Thanks for that crosis!

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