Qorikancha – Stone work made with a bronze chisel? [PHOTO ESSAY] Part 1

Qorikancha – Stone work made with a bronze chisel? [PHOTO ESSAY] Part 1
February 22, 2013 Lainie Liberti

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?

Below is Part 1 of our photo essay of Qorikancha. Please be sure to look at Part 2 and leave us your thoughts below in the comments field.



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  1. Barbara 11 years ago

    I really like theories of Brien. I think it’s very fascinating. If i could suggest something. Perhaps i’m not right, but… The first time, when i have seen photos of sun temple i was in really big schock. The oryginally object looks like a soldier barracs. The ruins, which are thousands years older then incas buildings are looking like military objects. I think, that after some big cataclism just stone contructions still exist. Someone could say – where’s the proof for existing of high advanced cilivilsations, they didn’t live some writed word. But.. If their technology was so advanced they had to have some medium, like our internet and they didnt need the paper books. Best regards for You!

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