Inca Mummies: Secrets of a Lost World

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Machu Picchu

Master engineers, the Inca built structures that are still standing today. At Machu Picchu, the most famous Inca settlement, stone terraces prevent erosion and provide level spaces for planting, making the most of difficult terrain.

The Inca’s best known building technique is that of fine masonry, in which carefully shaped stones fit together perfectly without mortar or cement. Only the most important buildings were built using this tedious and slow method.

Machu Picchu

Photograph by Bates Littlehales

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