Bolivian anthropologists found what appears to be an underground fortress outside the perimeter of pre-Inca ceremonial center of Tiwanaku.
This place is Cultural Heritage and has such an extent that its excavation would take at least 50 years, reported Saturday the Ministry of Culture.
“With the new data obtained with the help of technology, consisting of precision cameras took pictures from the air and infrared ray, a pre-Hispanic citadel was found outside the archaeological perimeter, where it was detected that there is an underground plaza and up to two platforms of what is considered a pyramid”, says a newsletter sent to AFP.
The discovery took place in the context of the work of preservation and conservation of Tiwanaku performed in the area with the cooperation of Japan and Unesco.
“excavation surveys made in the area southwest and north, in order to confirm or delegitimize the data”, Condori stated in July, director of the Center for Archaeological Research, Anthropological and Administration Tiwanaku (CIAAT), cited by the Ministry.
One of the main tourist destinations in Bolivia, the ceremonial center of Tiwanaku, a 71 km from La Paz and declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 2000, Kalasasaya contains the Temples and Puma Punku, Puerta del Sol, Pyramid Akapana and a series of giant monoliths.
Tiwanaku, with its capital of the same name, It emerged on the shores of Lake Titicaca Peruvian-Bolivian Year 1.580 a.C. and he disappeared by the 1.200 d.C. It suspected of climatic effects and plagues decimated civilization.
It is presumed that housed one of the oldest cultures in South America, predecessor even the Aymara and Quechua.
confirmed, the archaeological discovery will force rethink the idea that Tiwanaku was only a ceremonial center that was also to consider a pre-Hispanic city.