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Notes on the Geography of Peru: Ollantaytambo: Photo 23

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A couple of pictures back I suggested that the defensive wall was "unimpressive." Maybe I should rephrase that to "crude in comparison with the fine work the Inca did when they chose." Crude or not, this wall obliged attackers to haul ladders up the slope. Not much fun when you're assailed with arrows and rocks. The style of wall, by the way, is called pirka, meaning walls of rough blocks mortared with adobe.

Did I just say "mortar" in a sentence about the Inca? I did. You just have to allow the Inca to dress down as well as up.

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