The Mysterious Intihuatana

In September 2000, the attention of the world was drawn to the “Intihuatana” when it was damaged during the filming of a commercial at Machu Picchu. On this particular occasion, one of the edges of the long polygonal-shaped Sacred Stone  – commonly known as the “Sundial”- was broken. Apparently, this was not the first time […]

In September 2000, the attention of the world was drawn to the “Intihuatana” when it was damaged during the filming of a commercial at Machu Picchu. On this particular occasion, one of the edges of the long polygonal-shaped Sacred Stone  – commonly known as the “Sundial”- was broken. Apparently, this was not the first time that the “Sundial” had been damaged. Jose Gabriel Cosio, a historian from Cuzco who represented the Peruvian government on the Hiram Bingham expedition to Machu Picchu, stated in his official report in April of 1913 that the Intihuatana had “…a four- faceted polyhedron rock that finished in a ring of rock carved from a single piece extending from the base”. He also affirmed that, “…when I returned …I found to my disappointment that the ring had disappeared and that the Sacred Stone had been defaced”.


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