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The Masterful Water Engineers of Machu Picchu

Wright Water Engineers, Inc., 2490 W. 26th Ave., Ste. 100A, Denver, CO 80211, USA
Academic Editor: Charles R. Ortloff
Water 2021, 13(21), 3049; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13213049
Received: 26 September 2021 / Revised: 20 October 2021 / Accepted: 26 October 2021 / Published: 1 November 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Engineering in Ancient Societies)
The water engineering achievements of the Inca at Machu Picchu, when defined in technical terms common to modern engineers, demonstrate that the Inca were masterful planners, designers, and constructors. They demonstrated their technical skills through the planning, design, and construction of water supply, fountains, terraces, foundations, walls, and trails. The site of Machu Picchu was a difficult place to build, with high precipitation, steep terrain, and challenging access. Nonetheless, the Inca had the uncanny ability to plan public works and infrastructure in a manner that fit this problematic site and lasted for centuries. View Full-Text
Keywords: Machu Picchu; Inca; ancient water engineering; hydraulics Machu Picchu; Inca; ancient water engineering; hydraulics
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