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Construction on streets in the area surrounding the Q’oricancha recently uncovered a previously unknown wall buried underneath Calle Zetas a few feet east of the center of Inca religion.
La Republica reports that construction has been suspended as part of the wall was damaged by construction equipment.
The San Domingo Consortium used heavy machinery for earth removal, but, according to the head of the Functional Area of Archaeological Patrimony of the Dirección Desconcentrada de Cultura (Decentralized Direction of Culture), Marco Del Peso, the company had been directed to do the work manually to protect the wall, but “it was ignored.”
The company claims it was an oversight that lasted 10 minutes. The Dirección Desconcentrada de Cultura is evaluating possible damage to the Inca wall and, if confirmed, a criminal complaint would be filed for damage to the patrimony.
Del Peso said that not only was it urged that the work should be carried out with the utmost care, but that the heavy machinery entered without authorization, violating the Master Plan of the Historic Center.
Dirección Desconcentrada de Cultura temporarily suspended the Archaeological Monitoring Plan, which means that the work on Zetas Street and surrounding areas is paralyzed. It is expected that in the next few days they will make a pronouncement.
The wall of approximately 38 linear meters would be closely linked to the Temple of the Sun, or Q’oricancha. After its discovery, a conservation plan and its subsequent burial is expected.
“Cusco is on Inca remains in every corner,” said Del Peso. “The investigations will make us understand what each of these structures were used for, what function they fulfilled.”