On Inca astronomical instruments: the observatory at Inkaraqay – El Mirador (National Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu, Peru)

  • Fernando Astete Victoria Parque Arqueológico Nacional de Machu Picchu, Dirección Regional de Cultura, Cusco, Perú.
  • Mariusz Ziółkowski Centre for Precolumbian Studies, University of Warsaw
  • Jacek Kościuk Laboratory of 3D Scanning and Modelling, Faculty of Architecture, Wrocław University of Science and Technology http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0623-8071
Keywords: Inca, Archaeology, Archaeoastronomy, Machu Picchu

Abstract

Th is article is dedicated to a special category of structures that may be called “astronomical instruments”,  constructed in the Inca Empire (ca. 14-16 c. AD). As mentioned in some sources, these were intended for use by a small group of priests-astronomers. A good example is Intimachay in Machu Picchu, which was recently re-designated as an astronomical observatory, far more complex and precise than was previously believed. Th e discovery of Inkaraqay – El Mirador, a second structure, even more complicated than Intimachay and erected for the purpose of precise astronomical observation, confi rms the importance of the knowledge of the skies in the running of the Incan Empire.

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Published
2017-12-31
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Astete Victoria, F., Ziółkowski, M., & Kościuk, J. (2017). On Inca astronomical instruments: the observatory at Inkaraqay – El Mirador (National Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu, Peru). Estudios Latinoamericanos, 37, 9–25. https://doi.org/10.36447/Estudios2017.v36-37.art1
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