'Nazi Hideout' in Argentina Discovered by Archaeologists

German Coins minted from 1938 to 1944 were among some of the artifacts found.

— -- Archaeologists say they've discovered what they believe to be a Nazi hideout in the middle of an Argentinian jungle.

He said they discovered the site years ago, but only began extensive research this month.

The hideouts where meant to serve as shelters for high-ranking Nazi officers in the event of defeat, he added.

"We found German coins minted between 1938 and 1944, fragments of a porcelain plate that said it was made in Germany and Nazi symbols and German inscriptions carved into the walls," he said. "It's hard to prove the site was definitely made by the Nazis, but we're working to unearth more evidence to support this hypothesis."

The believed hideout was covered in thick vines and moss, Schavelzon added.

"It's been very difficult to conduct work there," he said. "Everything is covered in jungle and we have to use knives and machetes to cut through."

Schavelzon said he doesn't believe Nazis ever inhabited the hideout since it was never needed. Thousands of Nazis were welcomed in Argentina after the war by former president Juan Perón, who led the nation from 1946 to 1955 and for a short while again in the 1970s.