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    Chimú North coast, Peru. Ceremonial Knife (Tumi), A.D. 1100/1470.

    Map of Tenochtitlan

    Inca gold beaker inlaid with turquoise. Error: it is a Lambayeque or Sican quero...

    Inca gold sun mask, Central Bank Museum, Quito, Ecuador

    Earflare, Winger Messenger Date: 3rd–7th century Geography: Peru Culture: Moche Medium: Gold, turquoise, sodalite, shell

    Moche culture, Peru

    Moche leader portrait vessel, Peru

    Inca Princess (Gran Ñusta Mama Occollo) circa 1800, Cuzco, Peru

    Incan brain surgery

    The rings of Moray, an old Incan agricultural site in Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru.

    Archaeologist have found sophisticated pre-Incan sculptures made in the shapes very similar to that of airplanes, jets, helicopters and space shuttles. These small gold figurines are approximately two inches in length and estimated to date between 500 and 800 BCE.

    Funerary Mask,Ancient America's-Peruvian,gold,North Coast of Peru. 500 AD.............MASKS

    Ahu Vinapu - perfectly fitted basalt slabs. - The most impressive part of one of ahus (Ahu Tahiri) is the base of it - it is made of enormous (average weight - 7 tons), perfectly fitted basalt slabs made in different way than other ahus on island. This belongs to one of impressive achievements of megalithic cultures worldwide and poses a puzzle to archaeologists who sometimes (if looking superficially) suppose that this ahu has been influenced by Inca architecture.

    Inca Mummy Found on Top of a Mountain in Argentina in 1999

    NOVA | Inca Skull Surgery

    Quipu, AD 1400 - 1532

    A story was told by the local Aymara indians to a Spanish traveller who visited Tiahuanaco shortly after the conquest spoke of the city's original foundation in the age of Chamac Pacha, or First Creation, long before the coming of the Incas. Its earliest inhabitants, they said, possessed supernatural powers, for which they were able miraculously to lift stones of off the ground, which "...were carried [from the mountain quarries] through the air to the sound of a trumpet'.

    A skull that has received the attentions of Inca brain surgeons, ...

    The temple of Pachacamac is an archaeological site 40 km southeast of Lima in the Valley of the Lurín River. Most of the buildings and temples were built c. 800-1450 CE, shortly before the arrival and conquest by the Inca Empire.

    Pisac, a word of Quechua origins, means “partridge”. Inca tradition dictated building cities in the shape of birds and animals, and as such, Pisac is partridge shaped. The Inca ruins included a military citadel, religious temples, and individual dwellings, and overlooks the Sacred Valley, between the Salkantay Mountains. It is thought that Písac defended the southern entrance to the Sacred Valley and controlled a route which connected the Inca Empire with the border of the rain forest.

    THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru is one of the world's most spectacular ruins.  Temples, houses, staircases and agricultural terraces were built high among rugged and forested mountains with distant snow-covered Andean peaks providing a dramatic backdrop.  We may never know what drove the Incas to build in this almost inaccessible location, or the true purpose of their remarkable achievement.

    Machu Picchu, the Ancient Lost City of the Inca Empire : black and red, aerial abstract ancient cityscape painting, rectangular allover geometric pattern, dark red ancient architectural pattern, abstract architecture, stone building symbolism, abstract map, abstract red, historical sanctuary theme, acrylic painting #2379, 2004 | Kazuya Akimoto Art Museum

    The doomed Inca Empire In the fifteenth century, the Inca state began to expand under the rule of the emperor Pachacutec.  Other cultures were conquered and assimilated to create the most powerful empire in the New World.  At its peak the Inca empire stretched for 5500 kilometers from what is now southern Colombia down through Peru to central Chile.  But the Inca empire was doomed to be short-lived.  Its violent destruction came at the hands and weapons of European conquerors.

    Pachacamac House. Part post-apocalyptic bunker, part Inca temple. This dramatic home lies partially buried beneath a Peruvian hilltop.

    Stone passage way at the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu