Archaeologists Unearth Pre-Inca Temple

'Sacred ceremonial nature' of site surprises researchers
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2008 6:29 AM CDT
In this photo released by Andina Agency, the ruins of a newly disovered temple is seen at the Sacsayhuaman archeological ruins in Cuzco, Peru, in this recent undated photo.    (AP Photo/Andina Agency)
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(Newser) – Archaeologists have dug up a pre-Incan temple that sheds light on a lost Peruvian culture, the AP reports. Nestled in a mountain region, the sprawling site housed the Killke people as they fended off an encroaching Spanish empire around 1200 AD. Evidence of mummies and idols shows that the Killke were not only warriors but had a "sacred ceremonial nature," one researcher said.

"The site turned out to be far more extensive than we expected," one archaeologist told the Daily Telegraph. "It's spread over 6 square kilometres and is up around 11,000 feet on steep terrain. Its natural beauty is stunning." The site is the area's biggest and most important Inca find in more than 30 years, experts say.