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In January, reports from Peru suggested that an ancient stone fortress had been discovered in the Andes, with some even claiming that the complex could be the lost city of Paititi, “described in local legend as a citadel built by the Inca hero Inkarri after the Spanish conquest.” However, it seems this is not the case:

Weeks after the initial report of the find, experts from the Peruvian government’s Cusco-based National Institute of Culture (INC) arrived at the site and issued their findings in a report on February 12.

In the four-page report, the researchers deliver what one INC official described as “alarming news”: Natural chemical and physical processes, including seismic activity, created the stone blocks found at the site, causing them to “appear to be walls or surfaces made by hand,” the report states.

The team found “no evidence of archaeological structures or buildings … that could suggest a human presence,” it adds.

The article has photos of some of the ‘blocks’ found in the Peruvian jungle. Shades of Yonaguni

Update: In more positive news, one of the oldest structures found in the Americas has been discovered in Peru – a circular plaza some 5,500 years old (that’s 1000 years before the Great Pyramid).