A Re-Look at Peru’s Qorikancha: Stone Work Made with a Bronze Chisel

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The Coricancha or Qorikancha (from the Quechua words Quri Kancha meaning “Golden Temple”), originally named Inti Kancha (“Temple of the Sun”) or Inti Wasi (“Sun House”), was the most important temple in the Inca Empire, dedicated primarily to Inti, the Sun God. It was one of the most revered temples of the capital city of Cusco. (from Wikipedia).


Drill marks made using bronze chisels?

The official tour guides in Cusco will tell you the history of Coricancha begins with the Incas, But does it? We recently had the honor of visiting the sacred site of Qorikancha for our second time, but this time we were accompanied by archeologist and researcher Brien Foerester.  Together, we looked closely at the stones that were said to have been created by the Incas only 500 years ago using bronze chisels and stones tools.

(Or are we witnessing some sort of ancient machine fabrication?)

The stone scattered about in the Qorikancha were revealed after an earthquake. The intricate stone modifications look as if they were produced by instruments other than chisels, perhaps drills and saws of some sort? The Inca didn’t have the ability to make these modifications into the stones with their bronze chisels. Then who did?





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One Response to A Re-Look at Peru’s Qorikancha: Stone Work Made with a Bronze Chisel

  1. Kody Goodwin April 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    What did they use the bronze chisels for? I am wondering why they would not be able to make these modifications with bronze chisels?

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