Funerary pieces, ceremonial spaces, rock shelters, viewpoints and cave paintings were found associated with the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, in the Cusco region, during the exploration and investigation of the personnel of the Decentralized Culture Directorate of Cusco.
Archaeologist Francisco Huarcaya detailed that the evidence is located at kilometer 88 of the Ollantaytambo-Machu Picchu railway line, on the left bank of the Vilcanota river, on the Taparayoq Tunasmoqo hill.
The archaeological orientation, which makes it sacred, is towards the sacred mountains or Apus tutelares like the Wakaywillka or snowy The Verónica), Casamintuyoc or Misti and to the rivers Salkantay and Wilkamayu, Vilcanota or Urubamba, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
At the foot of the Taparayoq Tunasmoqo circular and rectangular enclosures, retaining walls, platforms, water channels and funerary contexts that date from the Intermediate Period (Killke culture period) and the Late Horizon Period (Inca period) were found.
In the middle and upper parts of the hill rocky coats where cave paintings associated with funerary contexts, funerary structures and ceremonial wakas can be seen.
These as a representation of geometric figures, anthropomorphic, camelids, birds, foxes, snakes, toads, zigzag lines that would represent lightning or God Illapa, plants similar to corn, circles and straight lines, most of them in red.
"By the combination of several elements it can be said that these iconographic representations show the Andean ideology, the cult of water, the fertility of herds and the notion of group identity," Francisco Huarcaya explained.
The archaeologist said that for a better scientific information of the findings archaeological investigations will be made with the purpose of complementing the archaeological data.
The head of the archaeological park of Machu Picchu, Fernando Astete Victoria, declared to the Andean Agency that the discovery as being important rock art since the Paleolithic era, a tradition that lasts until the present time.
With respect to the rocky coats in which funerary contexts were found, these over time suffered indiscriminate pillage, however, some bones were found that will allow the investigations to go further.
However, the DDCC will have extensive multidisciplinary research to deepen the knowledge of the new archaeological evidence. "The Ministry of Culture contributes to these findings to scientific knowledge in the archaeological park," he said.