Peru plans to map buried Inca capital; New technologies will electronically analyze buried artifacts

LIMA (AFP).- Archaeological sites buried under a former imperial capital in Peru will be studied by experts to map out relics hidden below the historic city. The study of Cusco, the capital of the ancient Inca empire located in Peru’s southeast, will use new technologies to electronically analyze buried artifacts without disturbing the soil, officials said.

The analysis is expected to allow a better understanding of how the city existed in ancient times, before the arrival of the Spanish in 1533. Meaning “center” or “navel” in the Quechua language, Cusco was the hub of Inca society. A network of roads connected the four regions of the empire through the former capital, which is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

"A mapping will not only include archeological items, but will also map history, stories and everything needed to give detailed information to understand the origin of Cusco," said Ricardo Ruiz Caro, a culture ministry representative in the city. Read more.