Why did so many different and distinguished ancient cultures, in so many different places around the world, use such large and difficult, cumbersome building blocks to construct their temples & fortresses, when they apparently did not possess any suitable technology for cutting, moving and setting such huge blocks of stone?…Or Did They?
“The Incan city of Cusco was originally built, designed and laid out by its builders in the form of a Puma. The magnus ruins known to the world as Sacsayhuaman which are to be found above the city were constructed as the head of the puma. Once an acknowledged ceremonial centre, Sacsayhuaman was partially destroyed by the Spanish conquistadors as a potrayal of strength & authority after an Incan revolt in 1536. Up until the 1930s Sacsayhuaman served as a pre-cut rock mansion for the modern city of Cuzco.
On construction sites all around the world it is generally accepted that the practice of using squared blocks is the easiest way to ensure the construction of a horizontally level wall…
But the stone masons of the pre-Euro American cultures of South America had developed the baffling ability to shape and flushly assemble monolithic size blocks with great accuracy and apparent ease, but for some strange reason or choice these masons built in a very irregular fashion. The blocks are not laid in even rows, the blocks rarely contain any 90′ Right Angles and some blocks possess 5,6,7,8,9 or more corners on a single face. Yet these unconventional craftsmen still managed to display apparent ease & grace when it came to fitting the faces of these huge abstract blocks together.
The crazy stone block pictured below at Cuzco, has 12 corners, and all its faces fit snuggly to the surrounding blocks.
All pictures are taken from Pinterest, Wikipedia and incan tours.