Coricancha: Between Historical Studies and 3D Scanning


This is an abstract from the "How Did the Inca Construct Cuzco?" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

This paper stresses the importance of surveying precision for any studies related to inca architecture and urbanism. Based on 3D laser scanning of the Coricancha complex, different cases are presented. The first case is an evaluation of hypotheses regarding the possible astronomical function of this temple. Among them, of particular importance is the one formulated by R.T. Zuidema and A.F. Aveni, according to which astronomical observations at the Coricancha constituted the structural skeleton of a specific Inca calendar cycle of 328 days. This article presents a critical analysis of this hypothesis, based on precise measurements of the orientation of the temple carried out by the authors of the text. The second case, based on the same 3D laser scanning data, is a preliminary study on the Coricancha’s metrology. The overall dimensions of the whole temple and particular buildings are discussed.

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Coricancha: Between Historical Studies and 3D Scanning. Mariusz Ziolkowski, Jacek Kosciuk, Bartlomiej Cmielewski. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451991)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -82.441; min lat: -56.17 ; max long: -64.863; max lat: 16.636 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 25917