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Amazing Stonework – The Incas

Whilst looking for a subject to write about this week I stumbled across an image of inca stonework which you can see here. I was immediately struck by the amazing precision of their work. After further reading, it became apparent that the Incas generally worked in stone shaped into trapeziums and would use stone of many types, from limestone to granite. Imagine what an Incan Granite worktop may look like!!

How the incas managed to cut their stone is still a mystery, as there were no iron tools at this time. It is most likely that the bricks were formed using stone tools.

One of the most impressive things about their architecture was their interest in and ability to manipulate water. For example, Kenneth R Wright suggested that Machu Pichu was positioned deliberately to make use of a spring situated directly above and that the inhabitants “enhanced the yield of the spring by” building a spring collection system into the hillside. Then, through the use of granite blocks, they managed to re-route this spring through the city to provide water for the populace. A magnificent achievement.

 

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