> this has already been submitted
> to the thread (Hanslune) - (later comment by
I think there's been some confusion here, Corp, between two different Spanish writers. Hanslune and Thanos5150 were surely discussing Garcilaso de la Vega, while the source I found was one Pedro Cieza de León.
> It is likely that this is a reasonable account of
> the enforced DESTRUCTION of sites enforced by the
> Spanish to use material to build their churches
> and buildings.
I don't think that what de León provides here actually fits that description. As we now know, the Killke culture were apparently responsible for the outer parts of Sacsayhuamán (between 900 and 1200 AD). De León's account describes how Túpac Inca Yupanqui (c. 1441–c. 1493) had added to this fortress.
> The Conquistadors , the youngest sons of Spanish
> farmers with no land inheritance, their only hope
> for fame and riches was to become murderous
> pirates endorsed by King and Church - grandfathers
> were around at time inflicted the Spanish
> Inquisition. They killed 7000 in the first day and
> decimated an estimated 7million empire to 2million
> in 100 years.
Admittedly, this was genocide of the most appalling sort.
> They Spanish were not standing around watching the
> erection of sacred indigenous sites , rather
> ruthlessly enforcing the destruction of manageable
> stones from such sites.
> The big stones remained, as their (20,000? )
> slaves could not move or budge them.
> Anyway, it is a pity the Spanish and writer had no
> knowledge of chemistry and little knowledge of
> metallurgy (other than to recognise gold to melt
> it down and steal it) and had no decent optical
> microscope or electron microscope to examine
> samples of the megalithic stone.
> IF they did have such knowledge they would
> have discovered the clear indications of
> geopolymer construction techniques. Not maybe, not
> a guess, but rather the ONLY possible scientific
There is nothing in de León's account (Ch. 51) about geopolymers or metallurgy. He just describes Inca efforts to add to Sacsayhuamán in the previous century.