National Geographic released a bombshell report of a major archaeological find in the Peruvian Andes using LiDAR (light ditection and ranging) which uses lasers to penetrate the foliage and get an understanding of what lies beneath. The site, known as Wat’a means “island” in the local language, is at an astounding 13,000 feet altitude.
The remote location proved difficult for the explorers to track to and raises many questions about its location. So far, the team is working on uncovering different parts of the city including tombs and plazas. The city was also surrounded by a large wall, indicating it may have been used for protection.
Researchers think that the city is older than the more famous Machu Picchu and may have acted as a prototype for the later city. The team released the following photograph of the site.
For comparison, here’s a photograph of Machu Picchu: