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Inca ruins at Quillarumiyoc by Glen David Short

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Taken by
Glen David Short Glen David Short
Explore score
0.18 Gigapixels
Date added
May 11, 2013
Date taken
May 10, 2013

Quillarumiyoc is an infrequently-visited sacred Inca site not far from Cusco. Here you will find caves with pre-Inca rock inscriptions, Inca aqueducts, Inca stone walls, and the amazing, enigmatic Quillarumiyoc stone: gigapan.com/gigapans/129662/snapshots/331642
If you look at this gigapan, taken around midday, the shadows have all but completely engulfed the sundial carving. Also, the wall directly in front is already just covered by shadows. So maybe at some time during the solar calendar, these shadows are synchronized, falling in and out of shadow in unison, at other times, depending on the time of year, out of alignment. Remembering the Incas had no known written calendar, perhaps this would visually allow passing Inca farmers to to know at a glance how many weeks remain before harvest, planting, rainy season, festivals etc.

Bracketed images pre-processed with exposure-fusion software. 34 images bracketed at +/- 3ev, taken with Pentax K-r on 10th May 2013. More tone-mapped and exposure-fused panoramas here: gigapan.com/galleries/10318/gigapans

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