Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Today In History; Discovery of The Lost Incan Site Corihuayrachina Announced

2002: In 2002 Peruvian and British explorers seeking authentic remains of Incan civilization untouched by Spanish conquerers discovered a lost Inca stronghold on a peak in the Andes that was used as a place of resistance against the Spanish invasion. The ruins are about about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, a similar find discovered in 1911. According to the expedition leader, British explorer Peter Frost, the site was the biggest of its kind found since 1964, providing possible evidence of the Incan flight to the hills during the Spanish conquest. Located in a remote forest on Mount Victoria in the Vilcabamba region, the ruins so far discovered include more than a hundred structures, including homes, storehouses, burial grounds, roads, waterworks, farming terraces, and a dam. Corihuayrachina holds great interest for explorers but is not as complete as Machu Picchu, the legendary untouched Incan temple site that provided an unprecedented glimpse into Incan life and religion.

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