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The Ancient Walls
by Richard Nisbet

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THE ANCIENT WALLS
CUSCO - Temple of the Moon

by Richard Nisbet

2003-2004 by Richard Nisbet. All rights reserved. Except where indicated, all photos and text
by Richard Nisbet. Reprinted with author's permission.

 

Not far from Cusco there is a hill they call the Temple of the Moon. The hill has several caves and many rock carvings. Some of the carvings here show extreme weathering.


Notice the horizontal bar near the center of the photograph.
For lack of a better word, we'll call it a "bench."
2003-2004 by Richard Nisbet

Two close shots of the "bench." Notice the rounded edges and general appearance of aging. Some think this carving was made before the last glacier carved it's way through here thousands of years ago.


Two close shots of the "bench."   2003-2004 by Richard Nisbet

 

A RANGE OF WEATHERING EFFECTS ON HUACAS NEAR CUZCO



The so-called "Seat of the Inca" across from Sacsahuaman
on Rodadero Hill. The surfaces are perfectly flat , the angles
are straight and sharp.
2003-2004 by Richard Nisbet

The following photos are all in a small area beyond the "Temple of the Moon"
a short distance from Cusco. (All images are 2003-2004 by Richard Nisbet)


 

Detail from the previous shot.


Detail from the previous shot. It appears to be a bifurcated funnel
to an interior aquaduct where may have flowed sacrificial blood or
brew. (Their brew was called Chicha and they drank it to staggering
and vomiting excess. They also offered no small amount of it to
the dieties.)


Were these "seats" carved before or after
the stone was so weathered?


What are the striations at the top of this seat?
Why is there a big hole in the middle of it?
This carving, atop the mound called "The Temple of the Moon"
is an unlikely place for a toilet.


These steps are so weathered that the stone looks like clay.


Serpent in stone

All of these carvings were not part of the official Inca religion. Some were personal, familial. If a departed relative loved to sit on a particular rock while he was living, his family might carve a seat there as a memorial. That "They don't make 'em like that anymore" is obvious. As a matter of fact, they apparently have no idea how to make them anymore.

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All Rights Reserved. Reprinted with Permission

 

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