Qhapaq Nan


Unesco grants Inca Qhapaq Nan road system World Heritage status

The Inca trail linked Cusco, in modern-day Peru, to distant parts of the empire

A road system built by the Inca Empire has been granted World Heritage status by the United Nations cultural agency, Unesco.

The Qhapaq Nan roads go through six South American countries.

It was built in the most diverse terrains, linking communities in the Andes mountains to fertile valleys, rainforests and deserts.

Unesco described the system as an engineering wonder that must be restored and preserved.

The decision was taken in the Qatari capital, Doha, where Unesco‘s World Heritage Committee is gathered to consider the inclusion of 40 cultural and natural sites to the list.

The Andean Road System was built over hundreds of years and was used by the Spanish when they arrived in South America in the 16th Century. It was used mostly for trade and defence.

It covers some 30,000 km (18,600 miles), from modern-day Colombia in the north to Argentina and Chile in the south, via Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia.

Historians believe the Inca trail was used to keep the the Andean city of Machu Picchu supplied

The six South American countries have agreed to work together to preserve the ancient route

Parts of it are still preserved, but most of the route has deteriorated since the Inca Empire was defeated.

“We still cannot see the entire road because a large part of it is covered by vegetation,” said Fernando Astete, chief archaeologist at Peru’s Machu Picchu site told AFP news agency.

The route system used to link the Inca capital, Cusco, to distant areas of the empire.

“The Qhapaq Nan by its sheer scale and quality of the road is a unique achievement of engineering skills. It demonstrates mastery in engineering technology,” Unesco said in a statement.

Unesco says that granting the Qhapaq Nan roads World Heritage status will make them eligible for much-needed restoration funds.

Source: BBCNews

Scary Airports


Next week Quito’s infamous airport will move, offering an easier place for pilots. Kai Tak, in Hong Kong, the most precarious of landings where you could see washing hanging on lines, no longer exists. But thrill seekers can still fly to Cusco, Innsbruck, Kathmandu or St Barts, to name a few. Look away if you are scared of flying


Paro, Bhutan: a Drukair-Royal Bhutan airlines airbus A319-114 passenger jet prepares to land at the international airport Photograph: Singye Wangchuk /Reuters

See slid show of 15 scary airports

See slide show of 15 scary airports

Lukla Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Nepal, probably No1. scary airport…


In the next clip landing, you can see what’s at the end of that runway… NOTHING!


You miss on the final approach, there’s no going round for another shot.

Barking up the Wrong Tree


Giant Mummy Discovered in Peru

Are we looking at an alien?

Peruvian researchers are puzzled on Friday over an oddly formed mummy found recently in the Cuzco region, the heart of Incan civilization.

The mummy now sits in the Ritos Andinos Museum in Andahuaylillas, some 685 miles southeast of Lima.

Here, anthropologist Renata Davila explained some of the strange features of the mummy.

[Renato Davila, Director, Ritos Andinos Museum]:
“It’s 20 inches tall, which doesn’t coincide with the stereotypes of humans. It’s head is triangular and the eye cavities are too big.”

Davila also pointed to a strange flange on the jaw and the development of teeth that don’t match the mummy’s apparent age.

[Renato Davila, Director, Ritos Andinos Museum]:
“The lower front part of the jaw has a kind of fin that doesn’t exist in any ethnicity in the world. The opening at the top of the head also calls for attention, and it has wisdom teeth and molars that also don’t coincide with any human being.”

Back in Lima, anthropologist Pablo Bayabar attempted to put together the pieces of the malformed mummy.

[Pablo Bayabar, Anthropologist]:
“Children’s heads are proportionally bigger than their bodies. Here we have two points. First, the fontanelle is open, which usually closes at 31 months. And it has molars that usually appears between approximately 13 and 19 months. So we are looking at a child under two years old with an enormous head.”

Source: NTD Television There’s a video clip there, it’s not on YouTube yet so I can’t show you.


Oh yes, I have an opinion here. Did you for a moment think I wouldn’t?

Yes, triangular shape, big head, large eyes, seems to fit.

Check out this site: ArchaeoBlog and see what they have to say. Seems they are reading a little more into this than the original report NTD TV that I found; as does the original story (in Spanish) on RPP.

It seems the general consensus is that the mummy is of terrestrial origin. The mummification maybe, but not the subject.

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