Archaeologists discover lost city in Peru built by pre-Inca Cloud Forest people





A fortified citadel that appears to belong to the pre-Inca era has been discovered by a team of archaeologists in remote Amazonian rainforest in Peru.

The citadel comprises fortifications, parts of which are covered in rock paintings, stone houses and large platforms believed to be used to grind seeds and plants for food and medicine.

It sits atop a chasm that may have been used as a lookout, said archaeologist Benedict Goicochea Perez.

The encampment is thought to belong to the ancient Chachapoyas civilisation whose glory days occurred over a thousand years ago, pre-dating the powerful Incas, he said.

It was discovered under five acres of overgrown jungle in the remote Jamalca district of Utcubamba province, part of the northern Amazonas department and about 800 kilometres north east of Lima.


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