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September 12, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A 1,000-pound crane being used to help film a beer commercial toppled over, damaging a stone sundial in Peru's Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, officials said. The Intihuatana sundial is a granite block carved into the peak of the mountain where Machu Picchu lies, about 310 miles southeast of the capital, Lima. A jutting edge of the sundial was chipped off Friday when the crane fell. The commercial was being shot by U.S. ad agency J. Walter Thompson for Peruvian beer company Cervesur.
After less than four months as a visible presence on the Southern California computer scene, Detroit-based Inca Computer Co. has pulled the plug on its Southland operation, putting more than 120 people out of work. The shuttered stores--in Burbank, Northridge, Santa Clarita, Montclair and Costa Mesa--were closed Oct. 12 after the chain ran into major funding problems, company executives said.
The emergency excavation of a 500-year-old cemetery under a Lima shantytown has produced the largest trove of Inca mummies ever discovered in Peru--a finding that already is changing established views of Inca society. Archeologists have unearthed more than 2,200 remarkably well-preserved mummies, some in bundles containing as many as seven individuals.
November 8, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
The eccentric and compelling sculptures and wall reliefs of Swiss artist Valentin Carron take appropriation art in strange directions. Existing objects remain essentially intact, but the transformation in materials makes for surprising results. Carron's debut exhibition at David Kordansky Gallery includes musical instruments -- three trumpets, two saxophones, a couple of French horns and a clarinet -- that have been squashed flat and cast in bronze. The patina is a weird, sickly pink flesh-color; hanging on gallery walls, the reliefs have the look of flayed skin.
August 25, 2013
Back on the Inca Trail I enjoyed "Tackling the Inca Trail" by Mike Morris [Aug. 18]. It brought back great memories of one of our favorite vacations. My wife and I traveled to Peru several years ago on one of Andes Adventure's tours to run the Inca Trail. We ran the "Classic" 18.6-mile run that we were all sure was at least a marathon distance. It could not take that long and be only 18.6 miles. Running the Inca Trail was magical. The article left out how nice all of the accommodations were.
June 15, 1986 | Associated Press
An Earth sciences professor who has visited and done research at several sites in Peru where the Inca Indians lived 1,000 years ago believes he has the answer to a mystery that has puzzled archeologists for years. The Incas used solar power, not manpower, to cut the huge stones they used to build their massive cities, according to Dr. Ivan Watkins of St. Cloud State University. Watkins says his theory supersedes all previous theories because those do not account for all of the evidence.
January 19, 1985 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writer
Climbers said Friday that they have discovered a frozen human body in what appears to be an ancient Inca shrine high on the slopes of the hemisphere's highest mountain. "We don't know exactly what it is. An expedition of scientists is going up next week to find out," said Felix Fellinger, president of the local mountaineering club in this western Argentine city in the Andean foothills.
June 27, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Archaeologists have discovered a hidden tomb of the Wari, a monument from an early civilization that predated the Inca, nestled in a site 175 miles north of Lima, Peru. The funerary chamber, ensconced in a stepped pyramid, had been filled with more than 1,200 artifacts, including gold- and silver-inlaid jewelry, ceremonial axes, looms and spindles. The Wari mausoleum at El Castillo de Huarmey is the first pyramid discovered at the site that has not been looted, Milosz Giersz, an archaeologist at the University of Warsaw who headed the expedition, said in an interview.
August 18, 2013 | By Mike Morris
- There's really no better way to see a place than by foot. Even if the path is 26.2 miles and goes over a 13,800-foot mountain pass. And it's a race. Running a marathon in June along the Inca Trail, high in the Peruvian Andes, seemed like a good idea when I signed up for this trip nine months earlier. Although this marathon left me gasping - because of the scenery, I'm sure - it was worth it once I reached the Sun Gate and viewed the finish line - the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu - a short distance below.
July 23, 1998 | From a Times Staff Writer
Robert Young, the handsome leading man of films of the 1930s and 1940s who parlayed his considerable charm into television stardom in "Father Knows Best" and "Marcus Welby, M.D.," has died. He was 91. The ideal father for a generation, Young, who said he merely played the dad he yearned to have himself, died Tuesday night at his Westlake Village home. He had earlier undergone heart surgery and died of causes related to old age, according to his physician, Dr. John Horton.
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