Evidence of Vitrified Stonework in the Inca Vestiges of Peru (cont.)
By Jan Peter de Jong & Christopher Jordan
Identifying Vitrified Stones.
following traits help to identify vitrified stones:
melted effect is obvious
- Reflection is high
- The layer refracts, diffracts and diffuses light
- A separate vitrified layer is present on the surface
- Damaged layers show a ´film´ on the stone
- The glazed layer is independent of rock type
- The surface is smooth to the touch even if the surface is irregular
- There is often associated heat discoloration surrounding the glaze
diffraction effect can be seen in the video of 'the Inca Throne' at
Sacsayhuaman. The rainbow effect is clearly captured by the camera.
This is directly linked to the light passing through the glass layer
and splitting into its constituent parts. After noticing this effect,
it was also detected on videos of other vitrified stones. This can be
viewed on this short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae_8ri2fiwI,
and on the DVD that will be available shortly.
The DVD "The
Cosmogony of the 3 Worlds" shows an overview of this
phenomenon in the chapter on Vitrified Stones.
available on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x81-5SWVtUQ
VITRIFIED STONE SAMPLE ANALYSIS
to get a clear idea of what the make up of these intriguing layers of
stone are, a sample has been tested. A small sample from the Peruvian
site called Tetecaca has been collected for further analysis. This
smooth layer has been analyzed by the University of Utrecht, Holland.
is from a rock outcrop above Cuzco. Inside a cave there is an altar
formed from rectangular shapes made of the rock. Several lines in the
rock have a shiny surface, as if they were branded into the rock.
They are on right lines on the wall of the cave. The walls are cut
out with curved and rectangular forms in them. These are man made
structures, which rules out natural phenomena.
from inside of the cave, walls with long, straight reflecting lines
and an altar structure:
Below is a
picture of the spot where the sample was found.
line indicates where the thin section was made. The smooth layer on
the picture is about 2 cm wide and 1.3 cm deep. The sample was
carefully cut into two parts and a thin section was taken for
analysis in the Microprobe, jxa 8600 Pioneer. Several points were
measured on the inside of the sample and on the smooth surface.