posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 10:53 PM
An ancient walled city complex inhabited some 1,300 years ago by a culture later conquered by the Incas has been discovered deep in Peru's Amazon
jungle, explorers said on Tuesday [...] Replete with stone agricultural terraces and water canals, the city complex is thought to have been home to
the little-known Chachapoyas culture [...] According to early accounts by Spanish conquistadors who arrived in Peru in the early 1500s, the
Chachapoyas were a fair-skinned warrior tribe famous for their tall stature. Today they are known for the giant burial coffins sculpted into human
figures found in the northern jungle region.
Well Thats certainly interesting. I am wondering how good of a source the conquistadors
would be for this sort of information. The article
doesn't note if these people fair-skinned, but it does seem to say that it was the coffins, not the actual people, that were giants. It reminds me,
as an aside, that Alexander the Great was supposed to have buried giant horse saddles and the like along the route of his conquests, for the express
purpose of getting people to think these greeks had been giants amoung men. Perhaps these peoples had a similar idea?
that article also notes:
The discovery is the third notable ruin Gene Savoy has helped uncover in Peru. In 1964, Savoy found the site of the Incas' last refuge in the Cuzco
region of southern Peru. A year later he took part in the discovery of the sacred city of Gran Pajaten in northern Peru.
Dang. The leader of the expedition is this guy's son apparently, named Sean. Pretty crazy family outings I guess. The Griswalds have got nothing