Mesapata

 

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 platform has between two and four levels. The stonework of the top level comprises finely worked grey andesite although the quality varies, whereas the lower tiers are constructed of modified fieldstone.

View of the platform at Mesapata
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    1. View of the platform at Mesapata.

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    2. View of the platform at Mesapata.

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    3. Testing the soundscape with a drum.

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    4. Measuring the ushnu platform.

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    5. Measuring the ushnu platform.

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    6. Views of the platform.

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    7. Views of the platform.

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    8. Views of the platform.

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    9. Views of the platform.

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    10. Views of the platform.

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    11. The view from the platform.

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    12. The view from the platform.

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    13. The view from the platform.

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    14. The view from the platform.

 

For ethnohistorical research, sound level measurements were taken with a drum and a pututu. The terrain on the south side of the platform drops away relatively steeply limiting the distance to which measurements cound be recorded along this side. Wind speed caused problems as wind levels gusted to over 74 decibels.

A test pit was excavated on the east side of the top tier of the platform, uncovering a sequence of eight layers of fill down to two metres under the turf and overlying the dark grey andesite bedrock.

To have limited soil cover over the bedrock outcropping around the structure indicates that the fills will have been brought in from some distance away. The view of the eastern horizon is much closer and more impeded than the rest of the horizon profile.

Research focus at Mesapata