Is There Enough Evidence to Support the Hypothesis that Marcahuasi Was Human-Created?
Taking into account the variety of structures found on the plateau, the relationships between the markers and the representation of an important constellation, as well as the lines of sight reflecting the exact division of the 360 degree circle, we may have at present sufficient evidence to support the hypothesis that an ancient culture, of which we know nothing, shaped Marcahuasi.
The 2017 Marcahuasi Photogrammetry Study
At the end of August 2017 we again visited the plateau, this time accompanied by professional archaeologists Drs. Carballo (Boston University) and Castillo (Catholic University Peru), well known for his work at Teotihuacan in Mexico. Professor Castillo conducted a photogrammetry study generating data which provided views of the surface from different heights, videos, and orthophotos. This is the first time such data have been developed. Working for three days at an altitude of four thousand meters with a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone equipped with a 14 MP camera he obtained complete aerial coverage of the northern and partial coverage of the central areas of the plateau. The data was processed with AgiSoft PhotoScan software. He has graciously made this material available to us and the videos and the orthophotos are presented in this website. The latter are seamless composites of hundreds of photographs taken by the camera on the drone at short intervals.
Results of the 2017 Marcahuasi Photogrammetry Study
Professor Carballo examined many of the monuments and “markers” presented on our research data page.
He considered as possible that human intervention may have been involved in the creation of some of the structures, but questioned the assignment of certain markers to correspond to stars in the constellation Pleiades based purely on the data the previous ECYART expeditions had developed and proposed additional work.
Based on our past research, we had found many structures to have lines of sight that are multiples of forty-five and of ninety degrees and that many of the monuments and markers are aligned.
Professor Carballo is currently (2018) trying to determine if the alignments we discovered point to specific points on the horizon, which may correspond to significant solar positions such as solstices and equinoxes.
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