Today I thought I'd share another photograph that contradicts alternative authors' claims about the impossibility of ancient construction. In Technology of the Gods (2000), David Childress argues that Inca masonry is simply too large, too complex, and too perfect to be the work of humans. Specifically, he argues that that fitting together the oddly-shaped stone blocks would require "superhuman effort." He also claims that Inca blocks are too large to move, despite also recording that the Spanish, before modern technology, managed to move those same blocks to build Cuzco.
This photo from the Library of Congress shows Inca masonry in Cuzco c. 1906. Note the size of the small-stature Peruvian people and the burro standing nearby. Surely such small blocks could be moved, carved, and fit together without alien intervention. And if we admit that humans built these, is it such a stretch to attribute the same (human) techniques to Sacsayhuaman and other (somewhat) larger blocks?
Alternative authors don't show you photos like these because they want the walls to look big, isolated, and mysterious. Seeing them in their original human scale puts things in the correct perspective.
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