Archaeologists from Ecuador's Cultural Patrimony Institute hope to discover the tomb of Atahualpa, the last Inca emperor, during a dig to be conducted at Sigchos, about 70km south of Quito. The site was found in 2010 by Ecuadoran historian Tamara Estupinan.
Atahualpa was forced to relinquish his gold and convert to Christianity by Spanish conquistadors in 1533, who then strangled him to death. Estupinan's discovery, which she believes is the final resting place of the emperor, includes "a complex of walls, aqueducts and stonework that lie inside the Machay rural retreat. Machay means burial in the Quechua language."