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Address: on the left bank of the Urubamba river, Machu Picchu, Peru
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Don't miss this if you walk around machu picchu. The stone is aligned with magnetic compass points. This is totally unnecessary and unrelated to primitive agriculture which is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't miss this if you walk around machu picchu. The stone is aligned with magnetic compass points. This is totally unnecessary and unrelated to primitive agriculture which is the traditional story. Any farmer can see where the sun rises and sets so why would you need a precisely calibrated compass?

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Laguna Niguel, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a very interesting landmark in Machupicchu. It was pretty amazing to see how the Inkas used this stone device to determine time and seasons. Watch out this area is tight and some may find it difficult to take a photograph.

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Oakland, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

This was probably a ritual altar. The views from here are fantastic. The quality of the stone work is great.

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Mermaid Beach, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

If the story matches the science, it will be a most remarkable feat. How did the Incas acquire the knowledge, establish the correct data, then chisel the rock to perfection ?

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

This is the only thing like it in all of Peru. I really don't think they know what it is for, but listen to the stories and make up your own.

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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The Inca were also scientists, this stone was used to tell the dates of the summer and winter solstices, like a sun-dial. Just incredible they were able to have this knowledge and use it. Machu Picchu really is a spiritual place, and to be here is a dream come true.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

you might have to search this attraction out or ask where it is, but you dont need a guide to find it. once you are there you will find that there are lots of people who will tell the story and hiistory of the stone.

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

An intriguing piece of rock which functioned as a sun dial to predict solstices and hence the seasons.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

The Incan were amazing people and their intelligence should never be missed. This stones name means, "Hitching post of the sun" and for good reason. It is a precise indicator of the date of the two equinoxes and other significant celestial periods.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

It's very impressive how the Inca were so knowledgeable in archaeology and complex construction. Their ability to use astronomy to determine planting/harvesting seasons as they monitored the path of the sun was amazing. Very impressive to see structures such as this and to imagine life during that period.

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