In the midst of the Sacred Valley in Peru lies an Inca complex that was once used for ceremonial purposes, and within the confines of this complex sits a stone altar surrounded by 14 ritual baths that were once used by the most elite Incas of the valley.
As Live Science reports, Sacred Valley can be found in what is now a thoroughly cleared jungle in Peru. Through the use of laser scans combined with radar, archaeologists have finally begun to solve some of the secrets of this complex and the mysteries associated with its ritual baths.
But besides radar and laser scans, archaeologists have also employed some good old-fashioned excavations here to learn how these Inca baths were first constructed. Through radiocarbon dating, archaeologists have learned that this complex was originally built in the 15th century before Europeans arrived on the scene and drastically changed the way of life for the Inca people living here.
The Sacred Valley site, which is officially called Chachabamba, has exerted a powerful fascination over archaeologists, who have been investigating the area since 1941. However, it wasn't until 2018 that archaeologists learned that this site was built in two distinct phases.
Once this study was released to the public, archaeologists began to study the ritual baths of the Incas in earnest, discovering that these baths may have once been used by Incas to practice their worship of fertility goddesses that would have been associated with water.