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.

The People You Meet: Cusco

In Cusco, I realized that no amount of tourism can spoil the charms of this town.

Even the little girls with llamas posing on the street corner, were exquisite in their innocence and colorful harmony. They were weary of standing in the sun, and the llamas were starting to misbehave - though when I asked if the baby llama was for sale, the girls were quick to decline. 

The llama in the middle started to tickle the girl’s ear with a blade of grass, and she looked pointedly at it, as if to say - “You, I wouldn’t mind!”

Photo and Text by VJ Singh | Far/Back | From my Peru Series (5 of 7) | All rights reserved. Look for a new post/picture from Peru everyday as I re-live meeting some amazing people in amazing places.