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The Ancient Walls
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THE ANCIENT WALLS
Ollantaytambo

by Richard Nisbet

2003-2004 by Richard Nisbet. All rights reserved. Except where indicated, all photos and text
by Richard Nisbet. Reprinted with author's permission.

 

Ollantaytambo is rare if not unique in Peru. The gigantic monoliths you see here are part of what was to be a shrine or temple. At some time unknown, and for reasons unknown, work mysteriously stopped on this huge project.


Ollantaytambo. Photo by Kurt Bennett


Panorama of the area on the picture above.
CLICK to ENLARGE.

Scores of gigantic stones began their journey from the quarry of Kachiqhata (in the upper left corner of the photograph).

They were partially shaped in the quarry then slid down the hill and dragged across the river and over the fields.


Once across the field, the stones were dragged up
a 1,200 foot ramp to the temple site.


Chulpas are burial structuctures near the quarry of Kachiqhata
(quarry for the temple at Ollantaytambo) for those quarrymen
who died working.

Monoliths that didn't make it

There is clear evidence of sudden abandonment all along the way from the quarry to the construction site. Partially cut stones lie in the fields, on the roads and the ramp. Some of these monsters, like the one below with the strange cups cut into it, are as much as 20 feet long.


20 feet long weary stone with the strange cups cut into it.

The local people call these "piedras consadas," weary stones. They were too tired to go any further. Significantly, there seems to be no history, no memory, no legends even of when or why work stopped on this massive project.


Weary stone at top of ramp is for the Ollantaytambo temple

 

 

The mountainside below the Kachiqhata quarries is strewn with rocks that look like hunks of salmon. Some are large and some are pebbles that are like ball-bearings underfoot.

Often there is no trail. The going is difficult. Higher in the quarries is an anomaly.
There is something there that shouldn't be there.

 

We know that the Incas did not have the wheel. It is also pretty clear that the Spanish did no quarrying at Kachiqhata. They didn't need to. They simply tore down existing structures and re-used the stones for their own purpose.

So why is this wheel here, perched so nicely 2,000 feet above the river in the quarries? It is apparently a millwheel, 62" in diameter with a good part of the back side split off. (You can see a hairline crack around the circumference of the remaining piece.) Whoever attempted to make this wheel obviously lacked the skill of those who quarried stones for the temple. An expert quarryman would have seen this fracture coming and found another rock for the job.

 

 

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