The Golden Temple In Cusco Beckons Questions Regarding Its Creation

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According to Wikipedia:

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.

Drill marks made using bronze chisels?

We wrote an article called Coricancha, The Golden Temple last year. The official tour guides in Cusco will tell you the history of Coricancha begins with the Incas, But does it?

Miro and Ie recently had the honor of visiting the sacred site of Qorikancha again, 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


What do you think?




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One Response to The Golden Temple In Cusco Beckons Questions Regarding Its Creation

  1. Kody Goodwin April 24, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    Very interesting. I’m going to guess they could cut/grind stone in a similar fashion as fire drills use friction to create an ember. A primitive pump drill modified to accommodate a bronze chisel as the tip instead of a wooden rod seems a capable tool considering the marks of friction on the stone.

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