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Notes on the Geography of Great Mirror: Photo 9

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Maybe you don't need to catch your breath after all those damned steps, but I do. Time to mention that Hiram Bingham early in the 20th century wrote that he saw "broad terraces of unbelievable extent where abundant crops are still harvested...." A century later, the only crop is grass, harvested by Weed Eaters. The farmers who might cultivate the terraces don't want to do it the old way, with footplows. They want to use buffalo, but the terraces won't stand the weight--or so the authorities say.

The green space down below is what's left of Manaraki, the site of an Inca government hall.

(See Bingham's Inca Land, p. 131.)

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