petrogif.gif (7977 bytes) Warriors of the Clouds

Chapter Eight:  Epilogue
Laguna de los Cóndores

The planking of a wooden balcony projects from a shelf above representations of mythical creatures.  As at other cliff tomb sites on the eastern flanks of the Central Cordillera, rock art abounds.  Some of the rock art antedates the construction of the chullpas (plastered and painted masonry tombs) and was covered by them... Aside from the damage inflicted by the huaqueros, the mummies are extremely well-preserved--eloquent testimony to the skill of their pre-Columbian embalmers.  balcony.jpg (16864 bytes) - © Keith Muscutt