Is Machu Picchu a giant geoglyph of a bird?
|Bird of Machu Picchu [Credit: Tampu tocco]|
"I've seen that everyone analyzes Machu Picchu from an archaeological or historical point of view, but I wanted to take a look from architecture’s view point."
Guzman said he found the original perimeter of the citadel was shaped like a bird that seemed to be flying towards Uña Huayna Picchu.
"The arrangement of structures, streets and squares globally views are directed towards this hill," he told El Comercio.
He said his findings were based on studying the urban use and orientation of the city.
|Schematic of the Bird of Machu Picchu [Credit: Tampu tocco]|
However the theory does not convince Fernando Guzman Astete, head of the Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu.
"The traditional orientation of Andean cities is from east to west. Sunrise determines the orientation of the building, and the Uña Huayna Picchu is located to the north. What we think is that the city was built to watch the sunrise to the east; that happens with the Intihuatana and the Temple of Three Windows," Astete said.
Astete also said that there have been several interpretations of the shape of the city, but "more research is needed."
A similar point of view was expressed by historian José Tamayo Herrera.
|The Andean Condor [Credit: Peruvian Backpacker]|
Author: Manuel Vigo | Source: Peru This Week [December 19, 2011]