I have to say, the tower stumps me. There is something about it that seems a bit odd and it's more than the subtle details about the base
interesting, isn't it?
Peru has other interesting towers, especially in the southern part of the country. The masonry of the most interesting ones is the same type of
"puzzle piece" construction known as dry-laid convex polygonal
masonry(except for one or two which are heterogeneous dry-laid coursed
masonry) that is seen in Cuzco, the older parts of Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman, and so forth.
They are called Chullpa
, or Sillustani
, and are considered to be "funeral towers"...tombs, in other words. Most are filled partly or
completely with soil and gravel and do (or did before archaeological excavation) contain human remains, usually in layers, much like many of the
"burial mounds" discovered in North America.
Personally, I don't completely discount the "funeral tower" idea, but I also do not completely discount the possibility that the remains found
inside the towers were intrusive. Many ancient monuments around the globe have been found to contain remains of people that evidence indicates were
not the original builders, as the remains appear to be much younger than the monument itself.
(A friend of mine has what he calls The Idiot Lord Tomb Intrusion Theory
which states that worthless egotistical
rulers/kings/chieftains/emperors/warlords have, throughout time, attempted to inflate their legacy and legendary status by having themselves buried in
ancient ruins that were "built by the gods"...thereby associating themselves with said gods).
I sort of think that the tower of Sacsayhuaman--which Slayer highlights in the OP with pics of its remaining foundation--is a pretty good indication
that these were not, originally, supposed to be tombs. Of course, the questions then would be...who did build these towers, and for what?
Anyway, below are a few of the pics I've collected of these towers. All are in southern Peru, usually on or near Lake Titicaca. This area also
contains Tiahuanaco, Puma Punku, and La Puerta de Hayu Marka(The Gate of the Gods).
Also, many of the following images are links to high-res originals. For Armchair Explorers like myself, I think the more pixels, the better.
The haphazardly piled stones to the left of this tower are considered to be the remains of a "construction ramp" used by the builders. That's
possible...but isn't it just as possible that it is the remains of a ramp built by people who decided they wanted to use this mysterious "tower of
the gods" as their own personal tomb? There are no doorways into these things, so they'd have to come in from the top.
A good "relative size" pic.
One thing to note is there usually is very little sign of a nearby settlement or civilization around these towers...and yet there are strewn, here and
there on the surrounding landscape, other massive worked blocks.
This one is half gone(we're looking at the good side) but what remains is absolutely beautiful coursed ashlar work.
Another, closer image of the same tower. Note the lizard-like form carved in relief on one of the blocks; the way it was carved makes it certain it
was put there by the original mason(a graffito would be cut into the stone, not protruding like this figure).
More towers. The tall one in front appears to have been in danger of falling outward, thus the wires wrapped around it.
A later pic of the same tower, now completely "repaired". They used mortar! Though I'm glad for the effort to save it from tumbling down, the use
of mortar means that the next tremor will bring the whole thing crashing down, IMO.
A look at the other anomalous worked blocks in the area around the "repaired" tower.
A sadly low-res image of original carvings on another tower....very interesting.
As a P.S., in regards to the flattened "landing strip" on the Nazca Plateau, here's an interesting pic of what I consider to be anomalously
flattened land...but it's an island in Lake Titicaca!