Journal of Skyscape Archaeology, Vol 1, No 2 (2015)

Marking Time in the Inca Empire

Steven R. Gullberg

Abstract


The Incas worshipped the Sun with light and shadow effects in their constructs commonly denoting such events as the solstices and equinoxes. They used these orientations, as well as solar pillars, to mark time passage for purposes of crop management and religious festivals. New research was conducted and photo-documentation of Inca intentional light and shadow effects is presented. Data was examined in a cultural context and supports a well-developed calendrical system. Several examples are examined within.

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DOI: 10.1558/jsa.v1i2.28257

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