Ollantaytambo: House of the Dawn; an Underestimated Inca Monument (cont.)
By Brien Foerster
It is my hope that Ollantaytambo no longer needs to take
a back seat to any great Peruvian monument, and that more research
will be done about it in the future. If academia is not up to the
task, then I and others are.
There are many other features at Ollantaytambo which
are seemingly of great antiquity and are not well understood, and
have not been well studied by academia as far as I know. One is the
400 foot tall stone profile of the face of Viracocha (Tunupa) across
the valley of Ollantaytambo on the side of Pinkuylluna mountain.
Another is the Temple of the Sun high up on the western
flank of the Inca built andene (agricultural terraces) in the main
part of the Ollantaytambo complex. Conventional archaeology states
that was unfinished, but seems to give no explanation as to why. I
think a more logical answer is that a massive cataclysm caused it to
fall apart, with multi ton stones having been flung hundreds of feet
of the Sun (remains of) and great wall at Ollantaytambo. Photo by
And the Temple of the Condor, at the other end of the
andene; with large andesite cubes having been removed from it’s
surface by unknown means, leaving neither tool or even sanding marks.
Also, there are ruins here, consisting of stone blocks of varying
sizes, with planed surfaces and square depressions eerily similar to
those found at Puma Punku in Bolivia.
Temple of the
Condor enigmatic feature (Ollantaytambo.) Photo by Brien Foerster
In my next article I would like to focus on the
mysterious elongated skulls, not unique to Peru, and seemingly
concentrated here. Examples can be seen in the small museum below the
Coricancha in Cusco, and are labelled as being Inca, while others
have been taken from digs at Tiwanaku; the proposed Inca homeland.
Also, the largest and oddest have been found near Paracas, a small
fishing town south of Lima on the Peruvian coast. I will attempt to
show how all three locations may tie in historically.