Inca burial site found in Peru

15th Oct 2012

Archaeologists have discovered a new Inca burial chamber near the famous site of Machu Picchu, it has been announced.

Authorities at the Machu Picchu Archaeological Park said the tomb, measuring 1.2 metres long and 0.75 metres wide, was found earlier this month.

According to reports, the burial chamber is unique from other tombs in the area because of its location high up on Mount Huayna Picchu.

Experts say the number of treated stones at the tomb suggest whoever was buried there was a high-ranking member of the Inca Empire.

Specialists will now work on examining the tomb to find out the date it was made before working on restoring it to its former glories.

The fact the tomb was found destroyed suggests it had already been discovered and looted by tomb-robbers, authorities said.

Other tombs at the site in Peru were discovered more than a century ago by Hiram Bingham.

The news will come as a boost to tourism officials in Peru hoping to attract more visitors to the region.

President Ollanta Humala recently announced a new airport will be built near Cusco to cater for the number of travellers coming to visit Machu Picchu and the Inca ruins.

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