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Covering the community for 40 years

Original post made on Aug 8, 2009

Marion Softky has kept Almanac readers informed about interesting people, environmental issues, and local government for four decades. ==B Photo:== Marion Softky shares a laugh with former Sunset publisher Bill Lane and his assistant, Karen Hamilton, at an Aug. 2 party celebrating Marion's 40th anniversary with The Almanac. Photo by Veronica Weber.
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Posted by Antony Merz
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on Aug 8, 2009 at 8:43 am

As a 40-year resident of Portola Valley, I have read and admired many stories by Marion Softky. Since I once lived in La Oroya, Peru, I am curious to know the date of Marion's story about the "pre-Inca cult center in the Peruvian Andes." Could this have been near Cuzco or Arequipa? We returned to New Jersey in 1950, long before her stories were published.

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Posted by Marion Softky
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on Aug 10, 2009 at 12:31 pm

In response to Mr. Merz' questions:

Chavin de Huantar, Almanac 9/26/01, was a pre-Inca cult center in the Peruvian Andes, about 250 kilometers north of Lima in the state of Ancash. It is not close to Cuzco or Arequipa.

Google can give loads of information, starting with Wikipedia. Chavin is a huge temple complex and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with surrounding settlement. At close to 11,000 feet, the air is thin.

There is strong Peninsula involvement in the ongoing excavation. Stanford anthropology Professor John Rick has been leading the excavation for more than 10 years. The Global Heritage Fund, based in Palo Alto, is supporting the research.

It was a great experience for me, with a dozen more localites and some Stanford students. to join the dig in the summer of 2001. We dug up relics found in the Circular Plaza, unearthed strombus shells blown in ancient rituals, and enjoyed two weeks living an an Andes Town.

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