A new discovery has been announced this week: an Inca canal, where servants used to get water for the head of the empire during the Inti Raymi celebration.
The Peruvian newspaper El Comercial has publised several pictures of the 16 meter long cannel that was uncovered in the Sacsayhuaman archaeological complex, in the northern upper part of the city of Cusco.
Archaeologists began to excavate two months ago, when they noticed water filtering through the ground. That’s how they found the 16 meter long canal of 15 centimeters wide and a meter deep.
The canal is in the visitors parking and access area of Sacsahuaman and has fortunately not been damaged by vehicles due to the fact that it is 1,5 meters underground. The parking location willl immediately be removed now.
The Archeologist think that the Inca canal has transported water from a spring in the Rinconada district, on the northern edge of Sacsayhuaman and that it was used by servants to get water for the Inca during Inti Raymi. Inti Raymi is a very important ceremony , celebrated yearly on June 24th.
The channel was also used, they think, to fill the baths for the young winners of the Warachicuy initiation ceremony.
Apparently the channel is mentioned in the chronicles by Spaniard Juan Polo de Ondegardo y Zárate (1571), and it was used during Colonial times.