Chimu offerings discovered at Machu Picchu


A June 2011 photo of the Winay Wayna ruins, an archaeological gem located on the Inca Trail just outside of Machu Picchu. Most tourists bypass the Inca Trail and head straight to Machu Picchu via buses, therefore missing out on the chance to observe this ancient village and its flowing fountains.


Brennan Murray

Archaeologists have discovered several offerings at Peru's Machu Picchu ruins that probably belonged to the Chimu culture.

The artifacts include a ceremonial pot, carved stones, anthropomorphic clay jugs, 10 malachite beads, and a bronze clamp measuring 1.5 to 3 centimeters, reported Bernama. They were found buried 70 centimeters underground in a three-walled patio called a "wayrana" in the Quechua language. The "wayrana" is located in Machu Picchu's Temple of the Condor. The offerings will now be taken to the Machu Picchu Museum, where researchers will continue to investigate their origins.

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"The relics date from the era of Inca ruler Pachacutec, who governed between the years 1438 and 1470 AD," archaeologists told Bernama, adding that the presence of artifacts from the Chimu culture indicate they may date from as early as 1000 to 1200 A.D.

According to Peru's Andina New Agency, archeologist Carlos Delgado said the artifacts were left as an offering to the gods of Machu Picchu and the Salkantay peak due to the position they were placed underground.

Delgado also told Peru this Week that excavation work would continue.

"More important discoveries will be had in the future," Cusco's Regional Director of Culture David Ugarte predicted as well.