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Friday, March 14, 2008

Pre-Incan Ruins Unearthed

Researchers have discovered a temple which may predate the Incan civilization.

The temple in Peru lay on the outskirts of the Sacasyhuaman fortress and contains 11 rooms, along with an area in the shape of a Chacana - an Incan religious symbol. Measuring over 2500', the discovery includes finds of ancient roadways and irrigation systems.

Excavators began their work last year and are expected to be there for five more years. Archaeologists say they were lucky to have made the discovery, as some of the ruins were damaged by dynamite blasting at nearby mines.

Made of stones and adobe, the ruins are from both Incan and pre-Incan cultures. Apparently, the Incas changed the structure after they assumed power of the region.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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