Island of the Sun: Elite and Non-Elite Observations of the June Solstice

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Abstract

In Inca times (AD 1400–1532), two small islands in Lake Titicaca had temples dedicated to the sun and the moon. Colonial documents indicate that the islands were the focus of large-scale pilgrimages. Recent archaeoastronomical work suggests that rituals, attended by both elites and commoners, were held on the Island of the Sun to observe the setting sun on the June solstice.

Keywords

Corn Excavation Peru Cobo 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryLivermoreUSA
  2. 2.University of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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