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Machu Picchu - 03: Funerary Stone

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THE FUNERARY STONE
 
Close to the open-fronted hut is a curiously carved rock called the Funerary Stone that some historians believe was used as a sacrificial altar, given that the Incas were prone to sacrificing llamas. Bingham himself believed that it may have been used as a mortuary slab where the deceased were laid out in the sun before mummification. In the Upper Cemetery just above this rock, Bingham found a significant number of skeletons.

      

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