A team of scientists are diving in Lake Titicaca on the Peru-Bolivia border near Isla del Sol, Island of the Sun. They’re hoping to find evidence of an ancient Andean civilization – one that predates the Incas by hundreds of years. But what they actually uncover is a treasure trove of artifacts that exceeds their wildest dreams.
The researchers went to Lake Titicaca in 2013 in search of evidence of the Tiwanaku state. From around 1,500 years ago, people from the ancient polity lived in the lake basin for some 500 years. And they belonged to one of the most important Andes civilizations of their time. What’s more, Tiwanaku’s influence seems to have stretched far from the heartland of Lake Titicaca.