Brian gave a great slide show of photos from his visit. Even though he was there on a less than sunny day (it rained most of the time), the photos were spectacular and the shear size and scale of the ruins were so impressive (see link below for a similar slide show). This is even more so when it is believed that Machu Picchu itself was constructed over an approximately 50 or 60 year period between the 1430s and 1490s with possible around 20,000 people and NO TOOLS - rocks were cut, carved and smoothed by beating them with hand held smaller harder stones!!!
The trips getting to Machu Picchu and the other Inca sites Brian visited, was almost as big an adventure as being at the sites. This involved perilous bus and train rides on mountainside dirt roads and single rickety railway lines, over high mountains and through very deep, steep valleys. Hospitality was warm and food an acquired taste - if you liked 'guinea pig' that is!
Brian's talk was followed by an interesting Question and Answer session. Among the things we asked were: 'How did the Incas move the massive stones?'; 'With no monetary system, how did the society work and what was all the Gold for?'; 'How did they farm on such rocky mountain land?' 'How did Brian and his wife cope with the altitude?'; 'What did the Incas worship?'; 'How did they preserve the dead bodies?' and 'With all the fabled riches in Gold and Silver, where were the mines?';
(For answers to these and other questions, follow the links provided below)
At the end of the talk a vote of thanks was proposed by Joe Alcorn, who said that this was the first talk of 2015, and he certainly hoped that future talks would be as interesting and informative as this one. The talk was well researched and beautifully illustrated, and given in a language that we could all understand. Many thanks were due for such an entertaining and fascinating talk. The thanks were passed on by the President and members showed their appreciation.
Mike Turner, Secretary
For a slide show of Machu Picchu and the Incas (from the internet), ‘click’ the link:
For more information about Machu Picchu and the Incas, ‘click’ on these links:
For some ‘Fun Facts’ about Machu Picchu, try:
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