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Archaeology news: Volcanic box containing 'gift to Inca Gods' found in deep lake

After years of searchers, diving archaeologists have discovered a box made from volcanic rock beneath Lake Titicaca – the largest lake in South America which is situated in Peru and Bolivia. After opening the tightly sealed box, researchers found a small llama, carved from the shell of a spiny mollusc called a spondylus and a small sheet of gold which is believed to have been part of a bracelet.

Researchers believe these findings were placed in the lake by the Inca civilisation as an offering to appease their gods.

A thorough search of the lake revealed the box, known as the K’akaya box, was placed there by itself at least 500 years ago.

What makes the finding more unique is that most Inca offerings to the Gods in Lake Titicaca are found near the Island of the Sun or the Khoa reef.

This item was found near to the K’akaya reef, which could open the possibilities of finding more places of worship used by the Inca empire.

Maritime archaeologist Christophe Delaere from the Université libre de Bruxelles in Belgium said: “The inland underwater world remains largely unexplored and offers outstanding opportunities to understand prehistoric societies.

“The underwater heritage of Lake Titicaca still has many surprises to reveal.

“One of the goals of our underwater archaeological survey was to identify the existence of similar sites and to our surprise we found at least one.

“It presents not only one of the rare intact discoveries of an Inca underwater offering, but also that it was found at another place in the lake, which has an important implication for understanding the relationship between the expanding Inca empire, the local communities who lived in the lake, and Lake Titicaca itself prior to European contact.”

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Source Daily Express :: Science Feed

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