Correction: Bolivia-Tiwanaku Vessels story … NOT 400 but 1,400 years!

AP reports for Yahoo:

Bolivia Archaeology Discovery
Workers extract pre-Hispanic vessels at the Kalasasaya temple in the ancient city of Tiwanaku, Bolivia, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Bolivian archaeologists will present the findings of a recent discovery of ancient vessels unearthed in a dig on the site once home to one of the most significant pre-Hispanic empires, the Tiwanacota. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

TIWANAKU, Bolivia (AP) — In a story Sept. 18 about pre-Hispanic artifacts found in Bolivia, The Associated Press reported erroneously that they were more than 400 years old. They were more than 1,400 years old.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Archaeologists in Bolivia find ancient Tiwanaku vessels

Archaeologists say pre-Hispanic vessels over 1,400 years old have been found in the center of Bolivia’s Tiwanaku ruins

TIWANAKU, Bolivia (AP) — Pre-Hispanic vessels over 1,400 years old have been found in the center of Bolivia’s Tiwanaku ruins, archaeologists said Wednesday.

The finding was made at the Kalasasaya temple during a research, conservation and restoration project undertaken with the support of UNESCO on the grounds of the ancient city, which is about 47 miles (75 kilometers) from the capital of La Paz, near the southern shore of Lake Titicaca.

Mary Luz Choque, an assistant archaeologist at the Archaeological Investigations Center of Tihuanaco, told The Associated Press that the circular shape in which the objects were buried suggests they formed part of an offering made at the funeral of a person of noble lineage.

Tiwanaku was a spiritual and political center considered to be one of the most important pre-Hispanic empires. It was declared a religious heritage site by UNESCO in 2000.

A group of four archaeologists and more than 50 researchers have been excavating at the site for 15 days and will continue to work for six weeks more before giving a final report on their findings.

Julio Condori, director of the archaeological center, said the vessels date from the time of Tiwanaku III, between A.D. 400 and 600, and include iconography of fish and birds.

He said the initial discoveries allowed one to “rethink what the actual function of the Kalasasaya temple was and redefine the interpretation of its origin.”

Tiwanaku Mayor Octavio Choque said, “This serves to revalue our heritage site, which we try to preserve over time and not lose.”

An Aymara priest presided over a ceremony dedicated to Mother Earth before the objects were extracted.

Below, you could read the earlier report:

El Diario reports:

Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Bolivian archaeologists discovered pots dating from 300 to 400 years after Christ (A.D.) [should have been over 1,400 years old]

The Spiritual and Political Center of the Tiwanaku Culture is a world heritage site declared by UNESCO in 2000

Bolivian archaeologists discovered ceremonial objects in Tiwanaku.

Bolivian archaeologists made a discovery of more than a dozen pots and it is estimated that they date between 300 and 400 years after Christ (A.D.), in addition, it is presumed that it was part of an offering center or a ceremonial burial.

The finding is located inside Kalasasaya, 50 meters behind the Ponce monolith, in the inner wall on the platforms, where there are pre-Hispanic constructions.

The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Wilma Alanoca, stressed that this discovery was developed by Bolivian archaeologists unlike the past, when these works were directed exclusively by foreigners.

Bolivian Archaeologists discovered the pots that date from 300 to 400 years after Christ (A.D.).

“It is the first time, after 60 years, that objects dating back more than 300 years after Christ are found inside the Kalasasaya temple, this is a very important and momentous act for the history of Tiwanaku,” she said.

According to the authority, this discovery will help establish “what was the actual functioning of the Kalasasaya temple and will allow redefining its interpretation of its origin.”

For this reason, Minister Wilma Alanoca moved to the town of Tiwanaku to verify the scope of this finding and receive detailed information from the archaeologists of the Center for Archaeological, Anthropological and Administration of Tiahuanaco (CIAAAT), under the Ministry of Cultures.

“This finding is a product of the Comprehensive Conservation Plan of Tiwanaku that was prepared by Bolivian and Unesco experts, which in its third pillar proposes constant preventive conservation work,” she explained.

The Spiritual and Political Center of the Tiahuanaco Culture has been a World Heritage Site since the year 2000 declared by Unesco, due to its exceptional universal value expressed in the conception and constructive mastery of the temples and the monumental statuary.

Tiwanaku, located in the Bolivian highlands, 70 kilometers from the city of La Paz (west), is almost 4,000 meters high in the heart of South America.

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