People did travel in those days.. would have carried treasured personal possessions with them.. or had them gifted by other travellers... or made these objects as models for construction like we do now before we put a lot of effort into creating new architectural feats...
Probably because they haven't quite finished excavating the 15 odd pyramids found there yet.. and who knows what else there is yet to discover???
Stranger still is some of the skeletons they have found in burial chambers are 6 ft tall. It seems this old culture was adept at reading the stars using a huge sun dial on the top of the Pyramid and it was made out of mud. The sun dial is around a foot thick and in one solid piece around 25 feet in diameter. The archaeologists have determined that this type of clay has to be cooked at 2300 degrees to set like this and it’s in one piece??? The scientists have no clue how it was done at this point in time.
So far they have discovered 15 pyramids and over 9 burial tombs which most have not been opened yet. I asked why they have not been opened and the answer was the project funded by the government has run out of money. While I was at the site we took 1/2 hour to just ponder the site and look at the views and it was overwhelming. Their is an energy about the site and I just can’t put my finger on it.
Several hypotheses have been formulated in order to explain the nature and purpose of the monumental complex comprising Cochasqui:
- It was a ceremonial-ritual center
- It was a home compound center for native elites (caciques)
- It was an astronomical center of observation. The pyramids of Cochasqui are most frequently visited during the solar soltices and equinoxes, when local people gather to celebrate the passage of the sun. The solar seasons also indicate the time of sowing and harvesting for the locals. Potatoes, corn, beans and quinua are the essential nutrients for the inhabitants of this part of the world.
Although they may not be as impressive as many of the Inca ruins to be found in Ecuador, the importance of the Cochasqui Pyramid Complex is indisputable. Believed to have been built by Cara Indians between 950 AD and 1550 AD, the 15 clay pyramids are situated on the equator and were the location of various sun-orientated celebrations.
Ancient pyramid in Peru headquarters of a ’copper culture?’
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Lima - Archaeologists in Peru have discovered a pyramid used not to bury the dead, but for the living. The 1,400-year-old structure is near the country’s coast, and scholars speculate the inhabitants were master coppersmiths.
The Sunday Independent quoted excavation leader Professor Edward Swenson, of the University of Toronto, speculating about the rulers of the pyramid and its environs. He said the rulers:
May have been considered lords – but lords of a particular kind – in transforming ore into finished products.
Or alternatively, he thinks there might have been a:
Corporation of co-operating but high status practitioners.
The team found a large number of copper items, including knives, spatulas, smelting receptacles and ornaments. The report indicated that the inhabitants imported the copper ore, and then transformed it into artefacts at the pyramid site. Swenson said:
I’ve never found such a high quantity of copper. The power of these elites could very much have been grounded in control of copper production.
When Swenson arrived at the hill, called Huaca Colorada, or ”coloured hill,” he thought there was more to it than met the eye:
I knew it was more than a natural hill – this was modified.
Of note is the fact that Huaca Colorada did not seem to have any defences. Swenson said the team found:
No walls, no sling-stones... unlike many of the sites built on the coastal hills.
However, not everything about the new discovery is innocent. The flat-topped pyramid that was built by the Moche culture contains not only a wealth of artefacts and murals, but also indications of human sacrifice.
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Aerial photos show that the pyramid is constructed in the form of a giant “Guacamaya” an endangered bird sacred to the Andean people. The Guacamaya is also related to the birth of the Cañari people and it’s symbol is omnipresent in all Latin American cultures being found on ceremonial jars and pots as far north as Central America in Aztec and Mayan culture.
It is believed the temple is an ancient observatory to the God of the Sun “INTI” where Amautas and Yacchas (Andean wisemen and priests) would unite to worship Mother Earth or ¨Pacha Mama” and thank her for good health and harvests. The mountain sits above a sea of clouds that reach all the way to the coast and lucky travelers are often blessed with the most beautiful sunset they will ever see in their lives
Edited by crystal sage, 20 October 2010 - 09:45 PM.