Lake Titicaca attracts scientists due to its fantastic mysteries. A science suggests that it is related to the predecessors of the Incas. It was the developed South American Tiwanaku culture. From the bottom of the lake, the archaeologists have raised several artifacts proving the development of the culture. By studying the findings, the scientists strive to understand the processes of religious rituals of the culture that had a significant impact on the whole society.
The latest research conducted by the specialists from the University of Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium proves that the findings have presented science with more surprises. One of them is a certain figure carved from the shell of a spondylus, a marine bivalve mollusk.
The second item has a cylindrical shape, covered with a layer of gold foil. The scientists believe that these are offerings to the Gods made during the sacrifice. The ritual ceremony was most likely performed on an island near the lake. The remains of the victim were also found there, although other donations were previously found in a completely different area.
Jose Capriles, Associate Professor of the Department of Anthropology at the University, noted that еру scientists were aware of the facts of the ritual offerings of the Incas, made by the lake or directly in it. There is historical evidence from the 16th century indicating the existence of underwater victims. For the Incas and Tituanaco, Lake Titicaca that lies in the Andes between Bolivia and Peru, was of great importance to a developing culture.
In 1977, the divers discovered fragments of offerings in the lake that could serve as a link between the existence of the Incas and previous cultures. Later, these assumptions were confirmed by other finds. Between 1988 and 1992, the bottom of the lake was carefully examined and ancient vessels in the form of boxes with miniature figures inside were found.
A new research suggests that the Hoa Reef was an important ceremonial site for the Incas and earlier societies. The scientists discovered another part of the artifacts on the Kakaya archipelago that is a small island that serves as a resting place for migratory birds. There they found a box with figures.
Streams of water washed away its outer wall, but inside the figures were sealed tightly with a waterproof layer. The discovery of the box in a new location suggests that the Titicaca was the site of ritual and ceremonial activity for the Incas.