- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Johnson Books; 1st edition (November 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1555664571
- ISBN-13: 978-1555664572
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,008,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Machu Picchu's Sacred Sisters: Choquequirao & Llactapata Paperback – November 15, 2013
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This book is about more than these two fascinating sites. It gives a lively look at a rugged, spectacular, and highly important but little-known part of the Inca empire. --John Hemming, Former Director of the Royal Geographical Society
This book is one of the best studies to come out about the Machu Picchu region in years. Congratulations on doing such a meticulous study, and for the photos and plans that are a tremendous help to the reader, besides being of academic importance. --John Reinhard, Explorer in Residence at National Geographic and author of Machu Picchu: Exploring an Ancient Sacred Center
During the first half of my thirty years bashing about in the peaks and jungles of Vilcabamba, I crossed trails with quite a bunch of interesting characters, but somehow missed one of the most intrepid of all, my now friend and fellow explorer, Gary Ziegler. We were following parallel paths, it seemed, finding and recording long forgotten ruins that finally brought us together. Gary's many expeditions have produced a string of important papers and monographs, but his great new book, Machu Picchu's Sacred Sisters: Choquequirao and Llactapata, exposing the newly revealed wonders of Choquequirao, the other Machu Picchu, is a long-overdue contribution to the literature of the Inca. It belongs in the collection of anyone, expert, amateur, or armchair adventurer with a serious interest in the subject. --Vince Lee, author of Forgotten Vilcabamba
About the Author
Gary Ziegler started his archaeological adventures and studies in Peru some decades ago when he organized his first expedition to Espiritu Pampa as a very young grad student at San Marcos University in Peru. Since then, he has pursued several different lives but always returns periodically to the Andes in search of mysteries to solve and to savor the adventure.
Dr. J. McKim Malville has taught in the astronomy departments of the universities of Michigan, Colorado, Sao Paulo, and James Cook in Townsville, Australia. He is presently professor emeritus in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado. In addition to working in Peru, he has investigated archaeoastronomy in India, Egypt, and the American Southwest.
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Even if you are an armchair traveler, I suggest this book. An example: few books have an "acknowledgement" section worth reading, but Ziegler's final chapter reminds me of classic extreme archeology biographies, such as those about Hiram Bingham. (Hiram Bingham "discovered" Machu Picchu and other Inca sites.) Ziegler picks up the mantel with accounts of *recent* explorers.
BTW, I am a lawyer and anthropologist. You need not be either to enjoy this book. The writing is strong. Ziegler communicates the technical data well; no small task given the overwhelming nature of the information and graphics.
Warning: after reading this book, you may get the "ancient mysteries bug" as Ziegler puts it at Page 193!
An easy to read and understand book from legendary Archeologist and Explorer - Dr. Gary R. Ziegler.
I recently asked Dr. Ziegler if any living person understands the Incan rituals that connect you to the Axis Mundi, a cosmic pillar connecting Heaven and Earth. Gary thinks the connection created by the Incans to the Axis Mundi was severed when the last Incan died long ago. Only the physical structures called the Usnu and the other, a Suntarwasi survived until modern times.
The Usnu and the Suntarwasi are analogous to a Violin. Study and take apart the Violin to find the music and you find nothing. And the Incans who were the musicans are no longer alive.
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Arthur von Boennighausen