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Extreme Archaeology in the High Andes

A great group of friends and AWLC members joined us for an evening with archaeologist, explorer and Inca specialist, Gary Ziegler:  "Extreme Archaeology in the high Andes – 50 years of exploring remote Inca sites by foot, mule rope and machete".


We were very pleased that Gary agreed to stop by Lima after his trip to Choquequirao to give us a fascinating look at the latest developments in Andean exploration.


Gary has explored and investigated sites throughout the mountainous Inca heartland. He shared slides and described the rediscovery of the remote site Cotacoca in an inaccessible deep canyon, the mountain top tombs of Cerro Victoria, and the mapping and investigation of the large cloud forest complex, Llactapata near Machu Picchu. He concluded with a review of new discoveries and a recent interpretation of astronomy in relation to the unique geo-cosmic architectural features at the spectacular ridge-top royal estate, Choquequirao.


Many offered poetic contributions in exchange for a chance to win one of Gary's books. Here are two sample verses, for your enjoyment: 


Hello from Peru (from one of our member's son)
How do you do?
My name is Finn,

From the cold of Lima I came in
To give a hug to the mule name Just-in


From one of our members:
Adventure tourism today is the craze 

To participate there are many ways -

On a mule or a horse

Or in water, of course.
If you try it, you will deserve praise!


When Gary is not exploring the wilds of Peru, he runs a ranch and an adventure tours operation in Colorado that helps finance his archaeological expeditions. He also lends his experience and support to many good causes, one of which found him dressing up as Harrison Ford for a fundraiser at his local theater a few weeks ago (pictured on the right).


Inca enthusiasts will enjoy Gary’s book, Machu Picchu’s Sacred Sisters: Choquequirao & Llactapata, written with astronomer Dr. J. McKim Malville.


Thank you to those who joined us.  

Author & Explorer, Gary Ziegler