National Geographic : 1916 May
Photograph by Hiram Bingham THE SIX MONOLITHS OF THE FORTRESS AT OLLANTAYTAMBO Frowning down on our headquarters were the ruins of the great megalithic fortress, the most remarkable feature ofwhich isthis wall ofsix huge blocks of reddish granite; the interstices between are fitted with narrow blocks of the samematerial. Itseems notunlikely that this ancient wall was intended to convey a sense of the majesty of the king who ordered its construction,and also arecord ofachievement. Although there are no real hieroglyphics to be found on its surface, it will readily be seen that there were atone time very distinct carvings and patterns that have now become barely visible, even in a strong cross-light. Unfortunately, some modern Peruvians have endeavored toachieve immortality by carving their names on these wonderful relics of the powerful megalithic civilization that preceded theInca empire. The stones were quarried several miles away.