And not the lost city of Paititi. According to National Geographic Peruvian archaeologists have examined the site. Findings include:
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 stones do not show signs of wear or of intervention from the hands of men from the act of cutting stone,” it states.
Scientists also found no mortar on the corners or sides of the stone blocks.
“Additionally no evidence exists that in any moment the sector in question could have been used as a stone-working site for the preparation of stone elements,” it says.
Basically, then, the forces of nature mimicked the complexity found in, designed, urban centers. Am I shocked? Nope. Humans tend to mistake angular formations for cities, forts, and such all the time. Something in the way visual perception is wired in the human brain causes humans to mistake stuff like this:
For stuff like this:
You’d have to talk to a neuroanatomist or gestalt psychologist to find out why though.
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