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South America is one of the most mysterious territories in the world for archaeologists and historians. It appears that the more experts discover about this region and the diverse ancient societies who once lived there, the more questions are raised and the more assumed knowledge about the region is proven to be inadequate. One of the most baffling elements of the ancient South American landscape was the Great Incan Road.
The Great Incan Road is a phenomenal testament to the engineering prowess of the ancient people who once populated South America. It is a well-organised network of pathways and trails covering over 25,000 miles through the countries of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile.
Incan people claimed that it was built by the ‘gods’
This interesting road features a major arterial pathway passing from the northwest to the southeast of South America. Along with this particular pathway, one can find some extraordinary megalithic structures including Tiahuanaco, Puma Punku, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, and Saksaywaman.
Recent archaeological examination of these megalithic structures has begun to suggest that they may be many thousands of years older than ancient societies such as the Inca. This implies that the parts of the Inca road network which connect these megaliths also predate the Inca civilization. This would mean that an ancient society constructed this tremendous road at a time when they did not have access to the wheel, draft animals, metal tools or even written language. Who could have done this? Does the answer lie in the curious Incan mythology relating to the road?
Throughout history, the Incan people maintained that their ancestors had no part in building the road. Instead, they claimed that it was built by the ‘gods’. The Incans claimed their when their ancestors arrived at Cuzco they discovered the road along with an intricate network of tunnels, ancient mines, and phenomenal megalithic structures. It was their belief that this area had once been inhabited by the gods.
Whether these networks were created by ‘gods’ or a yet undiscovered highly ancient society, it is becoming clearer and clearer that there is still so much to discover about ancient South America.