Machu Picchu : exploring an ancient sacred center

by Johan Reinhard

Paper Book, 2007



Call number

F3429.1 .M3R44 2007


Los Angeles : Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, c2007.


Machu Picchu, recently voted one of the New Wonders of the World, is one of the world's most famous archaeological sites, yet it remains a mystery. Even the most basic questions are still unanswered: What was its meaning and why was it built in such a difficult location? Renowned explorer Johan Reinhard attempts to answer such elusive questions from the perspectives of sacred landscape and archaeoastronomy. Using information gathered from historical, archaeological, and ethnographical sources, Reinhard demonstrates how the site is situated in the center of sacred mountains and associated with a sacred river, which is in turn symbolically linked with the sun's passage. Taken together, these features meant that Machu Picchu formed a cosmological, hydrological, and sacred geological center for a vast region.… (more)


Physical description

xii, 188 p.; 23 cm


1931745447 / 9781931745444


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