Discovering a new piece of Inca history

Monday September 8, 2014
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Discovering a new piece of Inca history

Recently, close to the Plaza de Armas, a hidden world of the Incas was uncovered. It lies mostly concealed by the Spanish, modern city. There is an Inca Wall with stairs by the side of what used to be the Saphy River. This river now flows in an underground cannel.

Perhaps this building was the last major construction in Cuzco’s center completed before the Spanish arrived. It is a monumental and notable building. The sudden discovery of this portion of Inca Cuzco shows the majesty of the construction and design of the city itself and creates a problem for contemporary Cuzco. The discovered Inca site is in a major street connecting with the Plaza, yet it is now blocked.

There is an idea being proposed that the pieces of Inca Cuzco uncovered  be left exposed for all the world to see. This will require a rethinking of transportation and traffic movement in the city.

Jaime Briseño of the Arqueología del Peru site notes this raises fears and controversies about the privatization of Inca artifacts. A legal struggle may result from this discovery.

In any case, suggestions of the majesty and greatness of Inca Cuzco have appeared beneath one of its busiest streets and let us see and appreciate the wonders that may still be found.

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