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The remains of the vessel will undergo radiocarbon analysis to define their age. Photo Credit: Miguel Neyra/El Commercio.
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by Archaeology Newsroom

New discovery presented at Machu Picchu

A stone floor and vessel remains

Archaeologists working in Machu Picchu, Peru, revealed last week a paved floor and vessel fragments discovered recently. The discovery was made at the Inca citadel in Cusco, in a passage behind the water mirrors and was presented after a month of excavation works. The water mirrors is thought to have been an astronomy observatory

The stone paved floor was presented by researchers at the Ministry of Culture along with vessel fragments in one of its corners, probably all part of the same vessel. The vessel was probably a pot with a pointed base, used perhaps for ritual burning, as is indicated by evidence in the remains.

Jose Bastante, archaeologist, from the leading members of the research, said that further analyses and radiocarbon dating need to take place so that experts will determine the approximate time of the vessel fragments and thus which century the ritual was performed in.

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