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- DOWNTOWN CUSCO MEGALITHS AND ELONGATED SKULLS
I stopped by the Coricancha Museum and saw these skulls. While not as big as the Paracas skulls I will soon see, they were elongated none the less. Was the elongation of these skulls the result of cranial deformation or something else? As we will see with many of the Paracas skulls, the cranial volume is up to 25 percent larger and 60 percent heavier than conventional human skulls, meaning they could not have been intentionally deformed through head binding. Many of them also contain only one parietal plate, rather than two like normal humans.
I spent half of the day in downtown Cusco seeing the pre-Inca megalithic works. I think Cusco might be one of the very few major cities in the world that display megalithic construction downtown. This picture clearly displays the megalithic megaton mortarless stonework on the bottom, then the Inca construction that is inferior in quality on top of that, and then the Spanish construction on the very top. Check out this super quick video of me at one of the megalithic walls that make up the base of the Coricancha Museum…
Being that it is the most stunning megalithic site in Peru to see in my humble opinion, I had to go back to Saqsaywaman today to take it in one more time and snap some more photographs and video footage. The andesite walls at Saksaywaman consist of interlocking blocks that were crafted with mortarless precision, some of them weighing as much as 125 tons. Each foundational stone goes about twelve feet underground, making the walls earthquake-proof.
Being that we can only see the foundational walls today, I can only imagine what this fortress might have looked like when it was first completed in ages past… Check out this super quick video of me walking along the main megalithic wall of Saqsaywayman…
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