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Not far away from Samaipata, one of the most important archeological monuments of pre-Columbian time in Bolivia can be found: El Fuerte (The Fortress). This archeological place has been declared Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO. This mysterious place has been given many hypothetical explanations for its origins. It is supposed that El Fuerte is the work of the Amazonian pre-Incan 'Chané' culture, and later on was used as an advanced city by the Incas and finally by the Spanish colonists that turned El Fuerte into a fortress.
El Fuerte near Samaipata from aside village near el fuerte El Fuerte is the largest carved stone in the world. This archaeological monument reaches a height of 1.949 metres above sea level and is on the ridge of a hill of a sandy rock where ancient cultures sculptured figures but emphasized snakes and pumas, as well as waterways and wells, triangular and rectangular seats, vaulted niches, among other details.
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- The old name of El Fuerte (Samaipata, Bolivia) is not lost as many historians believe. It is misunderstood because the name of El Fuerte is very wellknown: Huanacauri ('rainbow').
After the Qorikancha (Coricancha) in Cuzco the second most important shrine of the Inca's. (from: the Incas, Terence N. D'Altroy, 2002:51): "Their meandering journey eventually led the company to the top of a mountain beyond which they could see a fruitfull valley graced by a rainbow- a manifest sign of their long-sought homeland. Before they could descend the slopes, however brother Ayar Uchu was transformed into a stone. (Both the stone and the mountain became known as Huanacauri and were revered as shrines of surpassing sanctity.) At Managua, Mama Waqo- some said Manqo Qhapaq (Manco Ccapac)called hist brother Ayar Awka to him and said, "Brother! Do you remember that we agreed that you would take possession of the land we would inhabit? Now then, look at that rock! Fly over there (for they said he had been born with wings), sit down on it, and claim the seat where the marker is, because we are going to occupy it and live [here]!" (Sarmiento 1960:217)
On p. 163 (The Inca's by Terence d'Altroy)we can read: "the name Huanacauri was applied repeatedly to locations around Cuzco and to important peaks in the empire, as the Incas imprinted their mythical past on an expanded domain (Van de Guchte 1990:53-4). In fact there were more than one 'Huanacauri's'. But El Fuerte deserves the title of the second important shrine in the Inca empire because it has a marker (see next) which can be dated and it is, indeed, Pre-Inca. - the two parallel shafts of El Cascabel mark the parallel rising of Regulus and Venus on august 17 of the year 1066 AD. It is a very special year because in this year the soul of a mythical king could be watched in the morning and/or evening sky.
Many cultures around the world believed that the tail of a comet marked the death of a king. Every about 76-79 years Halley's comet passes by and it sure did in march of the year 1066 AD. It could easily been seen by the naked eye and it freightened millions of people around the world. Because of the viewing direction of El Cascabel (71 degrees) and precession we know that Regulus must have been visible between 1000 BC and 1100 BC. But not al the dates show a parallel rise of Venus and Regulus in the viewing direction of 71 degrees. There was only one appearance of Halley's comet and in the same year the parallel rising of Venus and Regulus could be watched.