The Inca didn't have any metals stronger than bronze, yet
they cut millions
of stones so tight their best work still will stop a
sheet of paper.
Most doorways are topped with stone lintels, but there
are a few which
have some wood included. They are not original, but
This wood beam was placed by Hiram Bingham during one of
to study Machu Picchu.
In many places, the stairs are not individually carved,
out of the pre-existing surface, the so-called "living
I have imagined a race for Inca youth, where only the
and endpoints are indicated, and the youth would race,
in the thinnest sandals, down the route of their choice
to be the
first at the endpoint. In this race, not a few would be
and someone might even fall off the edge of the "world."
Above this massive carved ceremonial rock many of the
have peculiar recesses cut into the rock. It has been
that this area might have been used to restrain prisoners
attached to the wall.
Stone eyelets and posts were used to attach the roofs.
This is a large vertical eye in the stone. It is felt
this was a receptacle for a torch.
That's me - MAX HEADROOM.
For some long-ago reason, the architect felt that the
wasn't quite large enough, so the bottom stone got
out to make it bigger.
Typical stair construction to go from one terrace to the