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CuscoUrbanism and Archaeology in the Inka World$
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Ian Farrington

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044330

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044330.001.0001

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Inka Public Spaces, Palaces, and Temples

Inka Public Spaces, Palaces, and Temples

(p.138) 7 Inka Public Spaces, Palaces, and Temples

Ian Farrington

University Press of Florida

The plan-seams run across the city from southwest to northeast and separate the residential plan-units. Each plan-seam includes a large plaza with an usnu complex for public ceremony and proclamation; the platform mound in each plaza has been excavated and displays evidence of ritual activity. However, the buildings surrounding each plan-seam perform different functions. Plan-seam A is associated with politico-religious functions and has three palaces, each with an adjacent large hall on the western, northern, and eastern sides of Hawkaypata. It also contains the through street Triunfo which separates the city and the platform at Hatunrumiyoq. Plan-seam B contains the Sun temple, Qorikancha, the religious centre of the inka world, which is surrounded by terraces and an esplanade for those people who could not enter the temple itself.

Keywords:   Plan-seams, Plazas, Palaces, Sun temple

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