Sayhuite

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Sayhuite
Saywite
Sayhuite Archaeological site - rock sculpture.jpg
The Sayhuite monolith
Sayhuite is located in Peru
Sayhuite
Shown within Peru
Location Curahuasi, Abancay Province, Apurímac Region, Peru
Region Andes
Coordinates 13°32′50″S 72°48′10″W / 13.54722°S 72.80278°W / -13.54722; -72.80278Coordinates: 13°32′50″S 72°48′10″W / 13.54722°S 72.80278°W / -13.54722; -72.80278
Type Sanctuary

Sayhuite (Saywite) is an archaeological site 47 kilometres (29 mi) east of the city Abancay in the province Abancay in the region Apurímac in Peru.[1] The site is regarded as a center of religious worship for Inca people, focusing on water.[2] In the Monuments of the Inca by John Hemming, Hemming points to a colonial narrative that describes the interior of the Sayhuite temple. The temple featured larger columns draped in fabrics with gold bands the "thickness of one's hand." The temple was also under the care of the priestess Asarpay who jumped to her death in the nearby 400 meter gorge to avoid capture by Spanish forces.[3]

Monolith[edit]

An important feature on the site is the Sayhuite monolith, a rock with more than 200 geometric and zoomorphic figures like reptiles, frogs, and felines. Found at the top of a hill named Concacha, the stone was sculpted into the likeness of a city, complete with stairs, and irrigation channels. [4] The function or purpose of the this mysterious relic is unknown, but researchers Brien Foerster and Dr. Arlan Andrews believe that this monolith was used as a scale model to test water irrigation.[5] The rock was edited many times with new material, either altering the paths of the water or adding new paths altogether.[6] About two meters long, and four meters wide, this monolith is the most popular attraction on the archaeological site. [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cerro Sayhuite: Peru". Geographic. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Ministry of Foreign Commerce and Tourism. Main archaeological sites. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
  3. ^ Hemming, John (2010). Monuments of the Incas. Thames & Hudson. p. 184. ISBN 0500051631. 
  4. ^ "The Mystery of Sayhuite". On the Road of Life. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Astonishing Inca Stone Scale Model Of A City?". Dr. Arlan Andrews Explains. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Astonishing Inca Stone Scale Model Of A City?". Dr. Arlan Andrews Explains. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "The Mystery of Sayhuite". On the Road of Life. Retrieved 27 February 2015.