Alpaca Fiber Found at Machu Picchu Archeological Dig

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During the archaeological research carried out in the sector Ch'allaqata, Salapunku archaeological site, Machu Picchu (Cusco) found a funerary context of pre-Hispanic times.

This was announced by the archaeologist Francisco Huarcaya, Regional Directorate of Culture, who heads the research and said that the finding was made in a rock shelter of 3.40 meters wide and 4.50 meters long, where the individual was buried

"From the funerary contexts is possible to reconstruct the daily life, cultural patterns and customs of society inka" explained.

"The skeleton is sitting, his legs bent and oriented towards the east side (which houses the Apu Wakaywillka now known as Mount Veronica), which position, it follows that it could be an important figure in the local hierarchy" .

Among the offerings that accompanied the individual is found a miniature ceramic vessel Late Intermediate Period (Killke culture), fragments of tissue fibers made from alpaca and llama, camel bones, fragments of domestic pottery, plant remains halter , plant debris, charred bones, charcoal, bones of rodent and bird. As part of the funerary context lithics were also found.

Huarcaya Francisco noted that organic bones as bones of camels, deer, rodents, birds and plant residues serve to study the diet of the people who lived in ancient times in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.