TITLE

COSMOLOGICAL MOTIFS OF PERUVIAN HUACAS

AUTHOR(S)
Malville, John Mckim; Zawaski, Michael; Gullberg, Steven
PUB. DATE
December 2008
SOURCE
Archaeologia Baltica;2008, Issue 10, p175
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Characteristics of Andean huacas are summarized with examples from Urubamba, Machu Picchu, Llactapata, and Chankillo. We identify the pillars on the ridge above the town of Urubamba as a marker of June solstice sunrise to be viewed from the Palace of Huayna Capac. Both ends of the sightline connecting the pillars and the Palace appear to have been huacas. The large carved Intiwatana stone in the Urubamba canyon symbolically ties together Machu Picchu and the nearby ceremonial center of Llactapata. The astronomically complex site of Chankillo includes evidence for ceremonial observations of the solstices and shamanic ritual, set within a large-scale geometry established by June solstice sunset/December solstice sunrise.
ACCESSION #
45408315

 

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