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Wed Nov 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

Archaeologists find ancient site older than Machu Picchu

Archaeologists find ancient site older than Machu Picchu
The ancient mountaintop settlement in Peru is 1,500 metres higher than the Inca capital and has pre-Inca features

Hayley Skirka
Nov 12, 2019

Researchers in Peru have discovered an ancient site pre-dating the ancient Inca capital. Courtesy Pedro Szekely / flickr

Researchers and explorers in Peru have uncovered an ancient settlement that is older than Machu Picchu.

Archaeologists Thomas Hardy and Adan Choqque Arce alongside explorer Albert Linn used new drone technology to explore the ancient settlement high in the Peruvian Andes.

Located in an area called Wat'a and sitting at an altitude of almost 4,000 metres, 1,500 metres higher than the ancient capital of the Inca community, the region had previously only been explored using traditional archaeological methods.

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Using Light Detection and Ranging technology (Lidar) the trio were able to identify signature Inca terracing and pre-Inca structures for the first time.



Researchers have uncovered fascinating new insights into an ancient mountaintop settlement high up in the Peruvian Andes, which pre-dates the famous Inca site of Machu Picchu.

National Geographic explorer Albert Lin—along with archaeologists Adan Choqque Arce and Thomas Hardy—used a revolutionary technology known as LiDAR (light detection and ranging) to reveal the full extent of this city, which was settled by the Incas and the people that came before them (often referred to as the pre-Incas).

The settlement lies in an archaeological zone known as Wat'a—meaning "island" in the local Indigenous language—at an altitude of around 13,000 feet. This is around 5,000 feet higher than Machu Picchu, the crowning glory of the Inca civilization.

"It is very challenging to get there," Lin told Newsweek. "You're at around 13,000 feet of elevation and its mostly open landscape because there's not a lot of trees around, so you're basically baking in the high altitude sun, all the way up."


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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Nov 13, 2019, 12:15 AM

1. That's awesome!

I would love to hear and see more about this find! I always loved archaeology, wish I'd been able to school for it, probably lacked the patience. But I can still be a nerd about the new finds!

Thanks for sharing!

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Wed Nov 13, 2019, 12:39 AM

3. This would be the most spectacular time on earth to be an archeologist

now they can use satellites, and airplanes to employ amazing camera penetration through forests, all kinds of vegetation, sand, deep water, etc. to discover things which disappeared so long ago. I imagine earlier people discovered most of the easy ones long ago!

If we're lucky we'll find out about it online, if we look in the right places at the right time.

Unbelievably exciting, as the centuries even millennia are being stripped away, and the time frames all expanded of what they are learning.

Thanks for your comment.

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Wed Nov 13, 2019, 12:21 AM

2. Enjoying watching Native America

on PBS. Learning about these cultures!

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Wed Nov 13, 2019, 12:45 AM

4. So glad when chances arise to learn more.Caucasian Americans were raised to shun all people of color

and to be completely ignorant of the horrendous, and vicious treatment of the Original People in the continent when they arrived.

No time to communicate, no interest in befriending, considering what the intentions were of the invaders. No interest in treating them as equals, and the actual citizens who got here first.

Just claim they aren't as good, kill them, pay soldiers and settlers to kill them, until they're all gone.

Really sick isn't it?

Good for PBS. There's so much to learn, and so much poison to remove from our BAD educations and the terrible effect they had on our view of human beings.

Thank you for your post.

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