Petroglyphs documented in NE Argentina

tags: archaeology, petroglyphs, Argentina, Inca, National Geographic Society



A hill in the northeast part of Argentina that holds various cave paintings, which was considered to be a sacred place before the Incan conquest of the region in the fifteenth century, was identified by Mexican investigator Luis Alberto Martos Lopez from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), as part of an archaeological salvage.The exploration of this space is within a much wider project destined to the excavation and restoration of the Incan site known as Potrero de Payogasta, in the wide and contrasting Valle Calchaquí, in Argentina; this is an initiative which has been supported by the Cultural Patrimony of the Salta province. Also, this Project is funded by the National Geographic Society.

The exploration of this space is within a much wider project destined to the excavation and restoration of the Incan site known as Potrero de Payogasta, in the wide and contrasting Valle Calchaquí, in Argentina; this is an initiative which has been supported by the Cultural Patrimony of the Salta province. Also, this Project is funded by the National Geographic Society.

In a recent journey through the site’s area, which is located to the north of Valle Calchaquí, Luis Alberto Martos was lead by Guillermo Colque —owner of an estate in the area— to a low hill of about 160 [624.93 feet] and 200 [656.16 feet] meters in diameter (at its base) and a height no taller than 100 meters [328.08 feet] (1.6 kilometers [0.99 miles] west of Potrero), that kept a great quantity of petroglyphs....



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