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Machu Picchu: A Civil Engineering Marvel

Machu Picchu takes readers inside the Lost City of the Incas for a groundbreaking perspective never before seen by tourists or archeologists. Built high in the Andes on a seemingly impossible site, Machu Picchu stands as a testament to Early Native Americans and their ability to plan and build. How was it possible to create a mountain-top city complete with running water, drainage systems, food production, and stone structures so advanced they have endured for over 500 years? Wright and Valencia Zegarra explain these and other mysteries, based on their original engineering and scientific research.

A fascinating book, Machu Picchu is a must-have for civil engineers, archeologists, armchair travelers, and tourists. An illustrated walking guide and detailed map allow readers to become familiar with each building and pathway, and numerous photographs take readers on a breathtaking pictorial adventure.

About the Authors
Kenneth R. Wright, P.E., L.S. is founder and chief engineer of Wright Water Engineers, Inc., a Denver consulting firm specializing in water resources and municipal utility design. He has conducted paleohydrological research at Mesa Verde National Park and Machu Picchu.

Alfredo Valencia Zegarra, Ph.D., was a professor at the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at Cusco, Peru, and a registered professional archaeologist with the Instituto Nacional de Cultura de Peru.

Product Reviews
...a fresh approach to the study of a Peruvian icon. —Monica Barnes, Latin American Indian Literatures Journal

The book tells us as much about the practical challenges of building a city as it does about the mysterious Inca, and it should an immediate hit with armchair archaeologists and fans of the kind of ancient civilization documentaries that are a staple on PBS's Nova. —David Pitt, Booklist

A fascinating look at the ancient Incan city... —Automated Builder

This engineering focus on the achievement of Machu Picchu will appeal to a wide audience, from civil engineers and archaeologists to travelers and tourists. —Wisconsin Bookwatch

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780784404447
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Publication date: 01/01/2000
Series: ASCE Press
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Mystical Machu Picchu: The Lost City of the Inca; Engineering Planning; Hydrology; Hydraulic Engineering; Drainage Infrastructure; Agriculture; Building Foundations and Stone Walls; Construction Methods; Cultural Background: Inca Heritage; A Walking Tour: Machu Picchu for Civil Engineers; References; Back Matter; Index

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