Alien visitation, religious ceremonies and potato fields have
all been postulated as reasons for the grand Incan ruins of
Of course, none of them are exactly correct. The world’s
disbelief is perhaps one of the last holdovers of colonialism.
Its series of terraces, which can be easily scaled with the
use of built-in stairs, are one of the greatest agricultural
wonders of the ancient world. But for years insufficient
research and hasty conclusions have clouded the site with
Moray is an experimental Incan seedbed of staggering
It features three sets of circular terraces, each calibrated
to a different temperature, many of which contain rocks and
soils specifically transported to the site so the
Incans could study how the seeds were affected by these
There are even built-in irrigation channels that feed on natural
So why did it take more than seven decades to figure this
out, given the overwhelming archeological evidence?
A tour guide at the site put it most simply when she said,
“People thought the Inca were too stupid.”
The study of Incan culture has been plagued for years by
people who consider their famous stonework and mountaintop ruins
too advanced for a Pre-Columbian culture.
The books of Erich von Daniken, for example, insist that such
advanced technology can only be a result of contact with aliens.
Anyone who has seen the fourth Indiana Jones movie can tell just
how popular this idea is with conspiracy theorists.
Even now, tourists delight in the idea that they are standing
in a sacred religious site.
They gather in the center of the circles to pray, meditate
and feed of off the “energy” they say exists there.
Even now the occasional guide will peddle tales of Incan
religious symbols and customs designed to make the terraces more
It’s difficult to explain to someone who has never been to
Peru, but the Incan culture isn’t really gone. It’s still here,
existing as the pride of the people and waiting impatiently for
the world to remember it.
Right now, the terraces are undergoing massive facelifts.
“The stairs aren’t as nice as the Incan ones,” a guide
laments. “I miss them.”
Indiana Daily Student Indiana Daily Student by Julianne Clifton, Sep 24, 2009.