The Stone of Sayhuite
Discover the mystery of the huge stone
The ruins of Sayhuite in Peru are hardly explored until today. Special attention is attracted by a large enigmatic boulder that has carved out landscapes, houses, irrigation dikes and fields. Some researchers consider it a kind of map of the Inca Empire, while others suggest it could be a cult object for a religious or ceremonial act.
The unique boulder called “Piedra de Sayhuite” (English: Stone of Sayhuite) is located approximately. 47 km east of the peruvian city of Abancay, amidst the 60-acre archaeological site of Sayhuite (also called Saywite). It is made of granite, has a circumference of 11 meters, a diameter of 4 meters, is 2.5 meters high and weighs 32 tons.
Its upper surface features over 200 complex finely carved images of llamas, turtles, lizards, monkeys, pumas, humans, as well as buildings, staircases, and canal-like depressions that begin at the highest point and run all the way to the edge of the stone, opening into holes. However, it seems that the way of the water was changed by the subsequent addition of material.
Up to now, our scientists do not agree on sense and purpose and age, and some see it as a religious artifact, while others see it as a ritual and ceremonial object for the worship of water. But there are also experts who recognize in it a three-dimensional relief map of an ancient city or dominion of the Incas with the wildlife living in this region.
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