Greetings from Peru!
It’s been the year from hell so far, hasn’t it…
Peru has been hard-hit by the pandemic – although things have been easing up here lately. But as I write, infections are spiking in the northern hemisphere and who knows when any of you will be able to visit us again. With news of a vaccine in the offing, we’re crossing our fingers for 2021.
In other news from hell, Peru’s politics are hitting some turbulence (sound familiar?) with a fractious congress ousting the president, although the country remains calm and we still have national elections scheduled for next April.
But enough of that. I wonder how my readers and the many people I have guided and worked with over the years have been doing. For myself, aside from the difficulties I have been able to get in some reading, reorganizing and regrouping on the home front.
I’ve also given a couple of online talks, one of them in English, called Royal Estates of the Incas, which you can view below. If you understand Spanish, there’s another one about new discoveries and lesser-known Inca sites around Cusco, called Piedras Incas, which you can view here.
I’m also working with visual anthropologist, multimedia specialist and fellow Peru enthusiast Maren Elwood, developing a new online vlog series called IncaTalk, which will cover new developments in Andean archaeology and include interviews with scholars and assorted experts in the field. Coming up first: The Stones of Saraguro, in which we talk with archaeologist Dennis Ogburn about his amazing recent discovery of Inca transportation of big stones over vast distances.
We’ll be posting updates and hereis the link to our first episode
"The Legend of Saraguro."
Best wishes to all in these difficult days.