Incapirca Waminan

 

Project team

  • Nick Branch, Senior Lecturer in Palaeoecology, School of Human and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading (01/01/2007 - 26/02/2010) 
  • Francisco Ferreira, PhD student, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway
    University of London (01/01/2007 - 01/01/2010)
  • Millena Frouin, Post doctoral research assistant, Department of Geography,
    Royal Holloway University of London (19/03/2007 - 28/02/2009)
  • Rob Kemp, Professor, Physical Geography, Department of Geography,
    Royal Holloway University of London (01/01/2007 - 26/02/2010)
  • Colin McEwan, Head of the Americas section and curator of Latin American collections, Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, British Museum, London (01/01/2007 - 26/02/2010)
  • Frank Meddens, Honorary Research Associate, Department of Geography,
    Royal Holloway University of London (01/01/2007 - 26/02/2010)
  • Gabriel Ramon, Post-doctoral research assistant, British Museum, London
    (01/04/2008 - 26/02/2010)
  • Cirilo Vivanco, Professor of Archaeology, National University of San Cristóbal of Huamanga, Peru
  • Katie Willis, Reader, Development Geography, Department of Geography,
    Royal Holloway University of London (01/01/2007 - 26/02/2010)

Partners

  • University of Reading
  • Royal Holloway University of London
  • Universidad Nacional de San Cristobal de Huamanga

Supported by

Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council

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This ushnu is located on a rounded mountaintop on the altiplano near the city of Ayacucho and offers a remarkable view of major mountain peaks and ranges such as Uripe, Condoray, Qarawarasu and Rasuwillca.

A view of the platform at Incapirca Waminan
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    1. A view of the platform at Incapirca Waminan.

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    2. The view from the top of the Incapirca Waminan platform.

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    3. The view from the top of the Incapirca Waminan platform.

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    4. The view from the top of the Incapirca Waminan platform.

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    5. The view from the top of the Incapirca Waminan platform.

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    6. The view from the top of the Incapirca Waminan platform.

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    7. The view from the top of the Incapirca Waminan platform.

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    8. The view from the top of the Incapirca Waminan platform.

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    9. The view from the top of the Incapirca Waminan platform.

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    10. The view from the top of the Incapirca Waminan platform.

 

The ushnu here is situated on the summit of the mountain and comprises three superimposed platforms. The basal one is little more than a rectangular outline of rocks, barely a single rock in height but measuring 32.7m by 18.5m. The second platform consists of a single faced wall, measuring 24.5 m by 11.4m.

The third and final platform is contained within a double-faced wall, and measures 22.8m in length by 9.6m in width. The walls are built out of grey andesite which appears to have been quarried nearby.

Research focus at Incapirca Waminan