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Previously unknown structures found near Machu Picchu

By T.K. Randall
January 3, 2022 · Comment icon 4 comments

One of the ruined structures as it appears from the ground. Image Credit: Dominika Sieczkowska
Drones equipped with LIDAR have made a new discovery in Machu Picchu National Park.
Built high up in the Andes Mountains by the Incan civilization over 500 years ago, Machu Picchu remains one of the most fascinating and popular visitor attractions in all of Peru.

The site - as well as the surrounding Machu Picchu National Park - also remains a prime target for archaeological exploration, with new discoveries still being made on a regular basis.

One such discovery was recently made by a team of archaeologists from the University of Warsaw in Poland who used drones kitted out with LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) to investigate the area around the Incan complex of Chachabamba - a ceremonial center with a focus on water.
The data they collected indicated the presence of twelve previously unknown structures that had been erected in a circular and rectangular pattern around the outskirts of the complex.

It is now believed that these were once the dwellings of those who operated the site.

"There are indications that it was mainly women who looked after the complex," said Dominika Sieczkowska from the Andean Research Center of the University of Warsaw.

"As suggested by objects discovered during previous excavations by a Polish-Peruvian team."

It will be interesting to see what else, if anything, the LIDAR scans reveal about the area.

Source: Heritage Daily | Comments (4)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
We can assume that a lot of low class citizen probably didn't have house made of rocks and where scattered a bit farther of the main city all the way to Winay Waina and the luna temple.
Comment icon #2 Posted by jethrofloyd 3 years ago
The Machu Picchu's favelas? 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
More common folks homes... I don't know if you live in a mansion but i don't. The same for most of the Inca, commoners where living out of the big city center in small homes. So city where way bigger than the stone ruins we found.
Comment icon #4 Posted by DanL 3 years ago
In a world where almost all things done are done by hand by a person working in concert with many others it is pretty amazing the level of civilization that those ancient managed to offer to their upper level people. Their one major limitation was how far they could transport food before they started losing too much of it to waste and spoilage...I also can’t imagine how they would have handled the “waste” of that many people in a safe and sanitary fashion. That is probably in part what led to them having an average life expectancy of around 35 years.

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