LIMA – A team of archaeologists from the National Culture Institute found three ceramics from the Inca era that had been used as offerings in the citadel of Machu Picchu in southeastern Peru, according to a report in Lima.
The three ceramic vessels with long necks and pointed bases were coated with circular pieces of stone, archaeologist Ruben Maqque told the official Andina news agency.
According to Maqque, the objects would have been part of a ceremonial rite of tribute to the earth during the time of the Inca Empire (13th-16th centuries), the first of their kind found in Machu Picchu, in an area known as the “cemetery,” though no human remains have ever been found in the citadel.
Also found at the site were nine kinds of stone brought by the ancient pilgrims from different parts of the neighboring region, including the valley of the Urubamba River and the Sicuani district, the experts were able to determine.
Work by the team of Peruvian archaeologists began in 2007 and is focused on an excavation near the so-called Mirador, or Lookout Point, visited by hundreds of tourists every day, Maqque said.
He added that the budget for excavation and conservation works in Machu Picchu this year is around 350,000 sols (somewhat more than $100,000).