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9776Re: [Precolumbian_Inscriptions] peru by squier

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  • mike white
    Mar 2, 2007
         the camelids choose to make their droppings in the same places, so the dung accumulates, and is often the only fuel to be found on the puno.  the people should try to plant seedlings of certain trees where conditions are favorable.  its known that trees can grow above what we generally call the tree-line in elevation. 
         at a high tambo they were charged $64 for a thin soup, 2 chickens, and mule fodder.  exploitation of the tourists is not new in the andes.  bolivians paid $4 reluctantly. 
         like humboldt, he chose the wrong peak as the highest, naming sorata. 
         this link is the chapter on tiwanaku.  its upsetting that i cant locate humboldt's comments on it, but i will give squier's and that of tschudi next.  later i hope to find cieza de leon's work. 
         his photographer became ill and died within 24 hours of a 'baffling disease'.  [im amazed that they didnt assume it was soroche, and transport him quickly to a lower elevation.] 
         he spent a week at tiwanaku and made a plan of the works.  noting that many of the stones were used to construct the modern village.  he agrees it is the oldest and most perfect architecture in the americas.  the ruins cover about a square mile.  they are orientated within 10 degrees of present cardinal directions. 
        [ its as if the spaniards were determined in destroying this complex, in order to keep the court in spain from knowing the level of culture that had been reached in peru - bolivia.  most conquerors would have preserved and occupied such wonderful structures and monuments.  it would not surprise me if blocks with hieroglyphs were purposefully used in other modern buildings, with the inscriptions hidden within out of sight. ]
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