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14:11 Highly engineered Inca channel discovered in Cusco
 
Urubamba, Jun. 05 (ANDINA). A 3,6 kilometers long highly engineered Inca aqueduct was discovered by Spanish cavers and experts from the National Institute of Culture (INC) of Cusco at the top of Salapunku Archaeological Park, located in the town of Piscacucho, in the district Ollantaytambo, province of Urubamba (Peru).
Spanish cavers and experts from the National Institute of Culture (INC) of Cusco at the top of Salapunku Archaeological Park. Photo: ANDINA / Percy Hurtado
Spanish cavers and experts from the National Institute of Culture (INC) of Cusco at the top of Salapunku Archaeological Park. Photo: ANDINA / Percy Hurtado
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The rough area, at over 2,630 meters above sea level with slopes of 100 degrees in solid stone, was not an obstacle for the Inca engineers of 550 years ago.

They built the channel to carry the waters from the Huaytampo ravine on the slopes of the Veronica ice-covered mountain, to the Inca reservoir Qhanabamba, parallel to the Ollantaytambo-Machu Picchu railroad, between kilometers 82 and 85.

According to specialists, the area where the cave paintings were found could have been a shrine to the sun, the moon and the lightning.

Fernando Astete, head of Machu Picchu Archaeological Park and connoisseur of the finding, reported that they have been working for three years based on an agreement between the Universidad de Jaime I of Castellón (Spain), the INC-Cusco and the Ukupacha project.

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Date: 05/06/2010
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