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Is it just pseudoscience, or something that will stand the test of additional research?

According to one researcher’s analysis, there was an astronomically-based purpose to the curious yet incredibly precise way the massive stones of the 600-year-old Sacsayhuamán terrace walls were constructed high above and overlooking the ancient Inca capital of Cusco in Peru.

The massive adjoining blocks of stone that constitute the Sacsayhuamán walls were placed so precisely and tightly together that, in many places, an individual cannot negotiate a piece of paper between them. But equally fascinating are the angles of their adjoining ends or sides. Read more.

At once both monumental and obscure, it stands within a visually serene yet ruggedly remote setting. Named after its nearby namesake village of Cosma, nestled in the upper Nepeña Valley of central Peru, it is a relatively unexplored complex that includes three human-made mounds thought by archaeologists to be nearly 3,000 years old. During the summer of 2014, it will become a destination for a small team of archaeologists and students who will, for the first time, begin serious archaeological excavations at the site.

Until now, it has attracted little attention from the scholarly community. But Andean archaeologist Kimberly Munro, who is also a PhD student with Louisiana State University, hopes to change that.

"I was revisiting prehistoric sites in the upper Nepeña Valley originally surveyed by Richard Daggett and Donald Proulx in the 1970s," says Munro. "These sites were mostly ridge-top occupations and based on Daggett’s report, showed evidence of highland-coastal interaction; a topic of interest for me for my own dissertation research.” Read more.

In the wake of a new graffiti incident on the famous twelve-angled stone in Cusco, many are wondering how to protect Inca walls from potential defacers.

The spray paint scribble on the famous twelve-angled stone is just the most recent case of damage on the Inca walls of Cusco, which are part of our historical and cultural heritage. And who is causing this damage? It’s not a natural disaster rather, it is us— humans— who are committing these crimes.

Ricardo Ruiz Caro, head of the Disconcentrated Culture Board of Cusco, told El Comercio that since the beginning of 2014, there have been at least four similar incidents in which assailants painted Inca walls with spray paint. In 2013, there were 33 such incidents, which included damages in the historical center of Cusco. Read more.

Excavators working in the city of Cusco have discovered a burial site containing five individuals from the Marcavalle culture, a pre-Inca society.

Andina news agency reports that the skeletal remains date back to around 1,000 BC. The burial site, which contained two double graves and one single grave, was found on land owned by a Cusco center for juvenile rehabilitation. Three of the individuals found at the site were adults at the time of their deaths, while one was a child and the other an adolescent.

In addition to the skeletal remains, some of which were buried wearing beaded necklaces. Read more.

The Pachacamac archaeological site, located about 40 kilometers southeast of Lima, has yielded some new finds.

According to Peru21, archaeologists working at the site have found two relatively well-preserved artifacts at the site: a small wooden carving depicting a female figure and a cloth covered with brightly-colored feathers.

Peru21 reports that the pieces were found by specialists who work at the Pachacamac site museum. The objects were discovered in the area of the site called Pilgrims’ Plaza.

The wooden figurine measures 8.5 centimeters long, and bears the likeness of a standing woman with her hands resting on her chest. Read more.

Archaeologists working on a Wari complex in Peru’s central Andean region of Ayacucho said they may have found 1,000-year-old mausoleums, daily Peru.21 reported.

Archaeologist Martha Cabrera said specialists have uncovered two underground galleries at the complex, which is located in the district of Quinua in the Huamanga province.

The first gallery is 15 meters long, 1.4 meters wide and about 1.75 meters tall, Cabrera said. The other gallery is about 8.5 meters long.

The archaeologist said that they found remains that suggest the complexes were collective burial sites for elite members of the Wari civilization. Read more.

Work has been completed to protect the pre-Inca adobe city of Chan Chan from heavy seasonal rains, in northern Peru.

The Ministry of Culture announced the completion of the work and said that the project, worth 169,000 soles ($60,000), began in early December and involved some 70 workers. The adobe structures of Chan Chan, located just outside of the coastal city of Trujillo, have been damaged in the past when heavy rains were brought on by a warm El Niño ocean current.

Although the Ocean Institute (Imarpe) doubts there will be an El Niño this year, even mild showers could damage some of the intricately carved walls at the site. Read more.

Archaeologists in northern Peru have uncovered human remains buried inside the walls of a pre-Inca archaeological site, challenging previously held theories about the complex, according to daily La Republica.

The remains of three people were found within stone walls of the Wiracochapampa site, which is located some 3,000 meters above sea level in the highlands of the northern La Libertad region.Archaeologists believe the site was an administrative center for the Wari culture, which settled over much of current Peru’s south-central coast and highlands from 500 AD to 1000 AD, prior to the advances of the Inca Empire. Read more.