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In an adventure straight out of an Indiana Jones movie, a structure 8,500ft above sea level in a dense cloud forest on the eastern flanks of the Andes has been unearthed
Explorers have discovered ruins deep in a perilous South American mountain jungle that may unravel centuries-old archaeological mysteries – and reveal a fabulous hoard of Inca royal treasure. In an adventure straight out of an Indiana Jones movie, a 260ft tall by 260ft wide structure 8,500ft above sea level in a dense cloud forest on the eastern flanks of the Andes in Ecuador has been unearthed by the multinational group.
Their initial theory suggests it could contain the Treasure of the Llanganatis, a huge quantity of gold and other riches supposedly hidden in the early 16th century by Inca general Ruminahui to keep it from the forces of Spanish conquistadors. Legend says the general took the hoard up into the Llanganatis mountains and hid it in a cave or threw it into a lake.
I have a hard time imagining people doing heavy stone work at 8,500 feet...
reply to post by zeroBelief
Actually, I've worked in concrete with my brother at about 8000 feet, and it was (one of) the hardest day's work I ever did. Maybe because I am older and my lung capacity isn't what it was then, but I marvel. I suppose, on thinking some more, that the builders probably grew up at such elevations, and were accustomed to it.