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9767Re: [Precolumbian_Inscriptions] peru by squier

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  • mike white
    Mar 1, 2007
         author often mentions animals depicted on buildings, but fails to identify them. 
         he thinks the ancient population was less than thought, but tells that every valley had an aquaduct and once was highly cultivated, with graves and human bones everywhere.  ruined buildings seem to be all over, many cyclopean.  every bit of useable land cultivated, with buildings and graves placed on bad ground.  the huacas seem to be used for burials, so that less surface was needed. 
         deserts contain the seeds and germs of flowers, fruits, and plants that flourished there long before, many now unknown, after a rare rain they spring forth. 
         the headland of arica is full of caves. 
         a usa warship at arica in 1868 was stranded high on the beach by a great quake, that moved south to north.  the sea receded then rose twice 34 ft above hightide, upon receding it carried debris of the town, people, and a train.  another great shake of 8 minutes was followed by a tsunami of 45 ft. 
         he found an alcohol stove and hammock indispensible in the highlands.  he also took a light mattress covered by a ground cloth, for when supports were lacking.  travel to the puno was rougher then, by mule train, before the rails were laid.  he was armed with rifle, pistol, and knife. 
         one wonders why more of the ancient buildings were not used, instead of huts.  it seems most of the ancient waterworks are out of service from neglect.  with industry peru could be wealthy from fields that could be restored to cultivation.  imagine if a man like fdr was in power, instituting public works, and the army corp of engineers were restoring waterworks.  they should encourage immigration with offers of land, to get new blood and fresh ideas. 
         chulpas were noticed above 9700 ft.  mule trains have bells to warn others to stop where the trail is wide enough to allow passing. 
          this is called an aymara skull in conformity to tschudi who said the aymara had elongated skulls.  author says it was from cradle boards, which i dont dispute, but it looks like two boards would be needed for this shape.  i have a feeling that aymara skulls were not dolichocephalic by nature. 
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