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Topping off the dig   (published in Peru)

September 19, 2017 by   Comments(0)

A highlight of any trip to Peru is a visit to Machu Picchu, and mine was just done.   The picture tells most of the story, the wonderful architecture of the site is overwhelming, as is the scenery of the high Andes.  Fortunately, it was clear enough for pictures although the clouds hung on the mountaintops all around.

I had good fortune, as a llama wandered through the interior of the elaborate stone walls that remain here.

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Topping off the dig
 

Filling in   (published in Peru)

September 15, 2017 by   Comments(0)

Yesterday, we spent the time in the field filling back in the pits we dug - minus the significant artifacts collected.   It was a good day, and the crew all pitched in to make it right.   Our environment has been returned to good shape, a bit better than we found it, and our host country given back some value for its excellent attitude of appreciating history.

Pictures show the Pikillaqta site, and the dig completed.

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Filling in
 

Site completion   (published in Peru)

September 13, 2017 by   Comments(0)

The site we've been digging has reached a depth the archaeologists feel thoroughly explores its potential, and we're now categorizing and bagging the artifacts.  It's a technical but necessary and important step.   We have a few significant finds, and are pleased that project our head archaeologist set out on has a solid ending.

On the weekend, I got to visit several meaningful sites of great achievement, The Saced Valley, Ollantaytambo, among others.  These sweeping vistas of the perfection of Incan creation are wonderful and awe-inspiring.   Pictures don't express how overwhelming a visit can be.

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Site completion
 

History brought to life   (published in Peru)

September 10, 2017 by   Comments(0)

Saturday was a perfect day for doing some visiting at the museums where artifacts from the area, and more extensive collection, have been put on display.   Wonderful finds advance our knowledge and feeling of the times we're researching.   In Cusco, there are museums aplenty, full of material that enriches our understanding.

When I visited the ticket office for all the museums, the helpful officer there asked and I told him I really wanted to visit archaeological exhibits, so he pointed out to me the ones that specialized in the area I am looking into, which only needed to be ticketed as I entered.   That was helpful and a saving - nice job.

While the Inka Museum doesn't allow pictures, that was full of fascinating objects and many recreations of sites such as of Machu Picchu that help us look at the totality of the site we visit.   In the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, elaborate displays of very elegant handicrafts and artworks were impressive as well as educational, and I could take pictures as well.

The striking work pictured was one of an enormous number of works that our forebears produced that tell us a lot about our heritage, and their contemporary society in those ages past.

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History brought to life
 

Wrapping the finds   (published in Peru)

September 9, 2017 by   Comments(0)

This was an office day and we got a good description of the kinds of ceramics that different area cultures crafted.   Then we did the essential work of cleaning up the artifacts dug up at our working site.   Most of course was shards, some bones, and a few river rocks obviously brought into that site for a purpose.  The essential part of the washing up is keeping the shards in the group they were found in which is marked as to location.   If someday these can be pieced together, they may even show some of the shapes of the vessels they had broken from.

The street scene is pictured below, from outside the office in Cusco.   Note the adobe construction, something passed down over the ages which slathers clay over stone.

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