Notes on the Geography of Peru: Cusco: Photo 97
We're back to cyclopean or megalithic masonry. Nobody had to join the blocks of Stonehenge with this precision.
How did the Inca do it without wheels or rollers, without the means to cut stone, and with no more than hammers of a harder rock to break it? The architect Gasparini calls this a foolish question. "With the backing of an all-powerful organization that has no manpower problems and that can gather in a moment one or ten thousand workers, the potential for erecting impressive works is almost limitless." Of course this raises the question of how the Inca were able to create such a formidable command-and-control hierarchy--and do it without any system of writing. Gasparini sidesteps that one (Inca Architecture, p. 324).
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