Like the bones of a part-buried skeleton the ancient world is never far beneath the surface of modern Cusco, sacred city of the high Andes, as this photo by Santha Faiia shows. Santha and I are here researching "Magicians of the Gods", the sequel to "Fingerprints of this Gods". As I reported yesterday (https://plus.google.com/112099837344625020932/posts/bYMu3tmgwDA) we have been working with local historian Jesus Gamarra whose lineage goes back to Inca times and beyond. Jesus is convinced that many of the monuments and structures attributed to the Incas are in fact the work of much earlier civilisations stretching back to ante-diluvian times, and that only the latest, inferior, layers of construction are the work of the Incas. Santha's photo shows at the base of this street corner in Cusco a block of gigantic bedrock which Jesus attributes to the most ancient "Hanan Pacha" culture that he associates with Atlantis. It is overbuilt by superbly-shaped cyclopean megalithic blocks that are the characteristic handiwork of the successor "Uran Pacha" culture, and finally on the right side we can see further overbuilding in inferior masonry by the much more recent "Ukun Pacha" culture of the historical Incas. I share the view of Jesus Gamarra that archaeology has made a huge mistake in attributing all these three very different phases to the Incas within the last 700 years, and that everywhere around Cusco the fingerprints of lost civilisations more than 12,000 years old are to be seen in plain view. What is charming is the way that the life of modern Cusco goes on around these earlier layers reminding us not only of the mystery but also of the continuity of culture in the Andes.
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