Thirteen-angled Inca stone discovered

Inca stone at Inkawasi. Image Credit: Peru Ministry of Culture
Inca stone at Inkawasi. Image Credit: Peru Ministry of Culture

Researchers have come across a thirteen-angle stone in a Inca wall at the archaeological site Inkawasi (Inka Wasi) which means “Inca house”, located in the Lima Region, Cañete Province, Lunahuaná District. The stone which reveals incredible masonry skills has thirteen angles and is something that reaffirms the incredible ability of stonemasonry of ancient Inca people. A thirteen-angled stone has never been found until now, archaeologists believed the twelve-angled stone was the best the Inca achieved thousands of years ago.

According to Peru’s Ministry of Culture the wall with the thirteen-angled stone formed part of a sophisticated hydraulic system, drawing attention toward the sophisticated society of the ancient Inca.

This incredible ancient hydraulics system or water-ritual system consists of two thin stonework sources, one of which has the mentioned 13 angled stone. The Incas wells were interconnected by a complex system of canals that have been carved on natural hill referred to locally as Inkawasi, which descended in a straight and zigzag manner through waterfalls until it arrives at the Viscacha river. The water that feeds the Inca well originates from two waterholes or “puquios” sprouting out of the hill and down to the river.

Water management was something the ancient Incas noted as having great importance, it is known that water management was involved in the formation of identities and societies and was involved in the interactions that the Incas sustained with other Andean communities.

Traditionally, in the Andes region, ancient people have revered waterholes, lakes and glaciers, which are understood as being sacred places of origin. The ritual water management system which includes the thirteen-angled stone goes beyond the use of agricultural purposes, it denotes the important Andean symbolics which the ancient Inca promoted around mentioned resources.

Archaeology has placed the Inca as highly skilled masons, evidence of which we can find and ancient sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Machu Picchu in Peru. These complex ancient cities have proven to be so complex that engineers and architects today would have a hard time replicating such achievements.

Twelve angle stone, in the Hatun Rumiyoc street of Cuzco, is an example of Inca masonry. Image Credit: Wikipedia
Twelve angle stone, in the Hatun Rumiyoc street of Cuzco, is an example of Inca masonry. Image Credit: Wikipedia

One of the most famous twelve-angled Inca stones can be seen at the wall in the Hatun Rumiyoc street of Cuzco. The twelve-angled stone was thought to be the biggest achievement of Inca masonry, but this has changed with the discovery of the thirteen-angled stone at Inkawasi.

The discovery of the thirteen-angled stone at Inkawasi is just another piece of evidence which suggests the incredible precision and importance the ancient inca gave to their construction projects.

The archaeological site of Huaytará Inkawasi is located in a strategic geographical placement: starting at the river that irrigates theHuaytará valley, which descends to the coast becoming a major tributary of the Pisco river.

The construction skills of the ancient Inca is something that many do not understand, their ability to fit huge blocks of stone together in a way that not a single sheet of paper can slide in-between the blocks is something nearly impossible to achieve, yet the ancient Inca knew a way to achieve this. Legends say that the Inca had a way to soften the stone, thus achieving these incredible shapes and features in their walls and constructions.

The discovery of the thirteen-angled stone is another piece of puzzle that provides further evidence on the incredible skills ancient people had thousands of years ago.

Source: Peru Ministry of Culture


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