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Machu Picchu is not a tomb of Pachacutec

17 June 2013

Historian Donato Amado Gonzales says historical accounts contradict theories that say Inca Pachacutec was buried in Machu Picchu, Andina reported. Amado says that historical records from the 16th century say Pachacutec’s tomb was located in the area of Toqocachi, in what is now the neighborhood of San Blas, in the Imperial City.

Historians such as Juan Diez de Betanzos,Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa and Juan Polo de Ondegardo, confirm this account, Amado said.

Amado’s comments come weeks after Thierry Jamin, an archeologist, was quoted as saying that a study was underway which could unearth evidence that Machu Picchu is in fact the burial ground of the Inca Pachacutec.

According to Andina, Amado contradicted Jamin’s account during a tour of Machu Picchu, led by Fernando Astete, head of Machu Picchu’s archaeological park. During the visit Astete said the area Jamin was working in only showed disordered stones, and rejected the French archeologist‘s theory.

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