Excavations to expose Tiwanaku’s greatness require a 50 year plan

I can not wait to see that greatness unveiled! It was Tiwanaku’s know-how that allowed the coming Inca Empire to show its magnificent architecture. If you recall seeing in Peru, some Inca’s ruins and those humongous walls with precise, intricate angles … well, those are Tiwanaku’s technology!

The above opinion belongs to Bolivian Thoughts.

EFE reports via Pagina Siete:

Excavations in Tiwanaku require a 50 year plan

The CIAAAT has drawn up a plan that establishes an exploration in the prehispanic citadel that will take about half a century.

The Bolivian authorities outline a 50-year plan to excavate the pre-Hispanic Tiwanaku citadel, after the results of the Unesco-led conservation project that revealed the total area of the site, an official source reported on the weekend .

With the latest data obtained, the Center for Archaeological, Anthropological and Administration of Tiwanaku (CIAAAT) draws up a plan that establishes an excavation of the area for about 50 years, said the director of that entity, Julio Condori, according to a statement from the Ministry of Cultures and Tourism.

Initially, preventive archeology excavations will be carried out to obtain new data to validate the discovery, and then the excavations in the area must be planned for 50 years, said Condori, quoted in the press release.

“Excavation drilling will be carried out in the southwest and north, in order to confirm or delegitimize the data obtained,” said the official and announced that protection and research policies will also be developed.

Tiwanaku, located about 71 kilometers from the city of La Paz, was the capital of the ancient pre-Hispanic empire of the same name and which today are impressive stone monuments, such as the Kalasasaya temple, the Semisubterranean temple, sculptures of its hierarchs, the Door of the Sun and remains of military and civil palaces.

According to some Bolivian researchers, Tiwanaku was born as a village around 1580 BC. and it grew to be an imperial state in 724 AD, although it declined about 1187 AD.

The site, inscribed on the World Heritage list since 2000, has great spiritual significance for the Andean world.

The project Conservation and Preservation of Tiwanaku and the Pyramid of Akapana, in charge of the Spanish archaeologist José Ignacio Gallegos, allowed to elaborate a topographic map of the place after three years of investigations.

The final results, presented earlier this month [July 2018] in La Paz, indicated that the archaeological site encompasses some 758 hectares.

For these discoveries, the program included a remote sensing equipment for drones and satellites that recorded the surface, as well as a series of specialized cameras to reveal what was hidden under the ground.

The project was financed by the Japanese Trust Funds for the preservation of the World Cultural Heritage and was executed by Unesco, the Bolivian Ministry of Cultures, the CIAAAT, the municipality of Tiwanaku and the 23 indigenous communities of the place.

Through the project it was possible to detect, among others, that there is an underground plaza and up to two platforms of what is considered a pyramid, indicates the statement of the Ministry of Cultures. Experts reported that there is a mega city of 758 hectares underground.

Condori considered that the new findings represent challenges for the scientific community and also imply the redefinition of the protection and conservation policies of the site, for which the active participation of the national authorities, the municipality and the communities will be necessary.


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