Archaeologists have recently reported the discovered of an ancient Incan tomb in the north of Peru.
Experts believe that the tomb was the eternal resting place of an elite member of the pre-Colombian empire.
The tomb was found at the Mato Indio excavation site in the northern Lambayeque region, archaeologist Luis Chero explained in an interview with state news agency Andina.
The tomb most likely belonged to an elite member of the Inca due to the presence of “spondylus,” a type of seashell. Experts say that sea shells tend to be present in the graves of notable features from the Incan Period, which lasted from 12th to the 16th centuries.
Surprisingly, despite the fact that the tomb shows signs of having been looted several times in the past, archeologists were able to recover a number of archaeological items from the burial chamber.
According to reports, the tomb features a unique architectural style including hollows that were built into the tomb in order to hold idols.
According to Luis Chero, the discovery of the tomb “demonstrates the majesty and importance of this site.
The burial site is located some 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) north of the capital Lima, and 2,000 kilometers from Cusco, the ancient Inca Empire’s capital.
Their vast empire stretched from southern Colombia all the way to central Chile.
Its last Inca stronghold was conquered by the Spanish in 1572.
The Inca Empire was unique in that it lacked many features associated with civilization in the Old World. In the words of one scholar,
The Incas lacked the use of wheeled vehicles. They lacked animals to ride and draft animals that could pull wagons and plows… [They] lacked the knowledge of iron and steel… Above all, they lacked a system of writing… Despite these supposed handicaps, the Incas were still able to construct one of the greatest imperial states in human history.— Gordon McEwan, The Incas: New Perspectives