There's some restoration work going on around the corner. I wanted to do a shot that included it, but there wasn't time.
It's astounding. My wife worked on a series
called "Secrets of Lost Empires" at NOVA
(WGBH/Boston) where they tried to do these sorts
of feats again, including one with the Easter
Island statues (which are much lighter, I
believe). The historians had a very hard time
using period materials to pull it off.
The largest stone here weighs in at over 120
metric tons by the most conservative estimate and
360 tons by the most liberal estimate. (One metric
ton is about 1.1 US tons.) To put that in
perspective, a Cadillac Escalade weighs 3.4 tons.
So the stone weighs somewhere between 35 and 100
Escalades. The Incas who did not have the wheel or
a written language, transported these behemoths
several miles uphill to the building site. No
explanation I have ever heard for how they might
have done that was remotely sensical.
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