Hoyos in Peru: a system to measure taxes in the Inca Empire?

Hoyos in Peru: a system to measure taxes in the Inca Empire?


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Some time ago, some 6,000 holes in the Pisco valley, in Peru, and for many years the terrain was studied to find out what they meant, what they were made for and a whole series of questions that generated countless different hypotheses, including paranormal explanations. But everything has changed since an article was published in the journal Archeology, where it is revealed that it is an advanced system to measure taxes.

At the time, the Inca society came to have a great development in which different agricultural technologies were applied among others and at first it was thought that they lacked money, or something similar to what we can know as such. That was the reason why the quantification of taxes and duties needed to be measured in some way, which is why they invented alternative systems.

It has to be said that all these holes were discovered when the Europeans arrived in Peru and according to written testimonies of that time, the Inca farmers placed their agricultural products in these holes as a tribute. When they had, the managers counted all taxes through a writing system and the use of quipus, in which knots were used along a rope and for which even today there is no translation, not even an approximate one.

Once all the tributes were counted, the holes were emptied and left free to start over.

What has led you to think about this theory?

Archaeologist Charles Stanish revealed that although they are still studying the holes, different samples of plant tissue as well as different traces of pollen They have led them to think that it is this theory, or at least it is the one most in line with the function they were fulfilling.

On the other hand, there are different theories about what was the exact function of these holes. Some claim that they were used to contain fertilizer or fuel, while others claim that they are geoglyphs, a kind of art in which many people think that it is something related to the paranormal world.

It is also said that it was the imperious need of man to do something great that lasts over time and can be admired by later generations for centuries and centuries, although the most sensible and accepted theory so far is that of tributes.

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