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|Description ||What were these knobs for? They are found all over Peru and Egypt. Photo by Brien Foerster.|
| While visiting the Angkor Wat temple at Siem Reap in Cambodia I noticed that practically all of the stones used to construct the temple walls had holes of up to 50mm diameter in them. I discovered that these holes were deliberately carved in the stones to allow the builders to lift them using wooden inserts.|
Perhaps the stone knobs carved into the large stones at Ollantayambo were deliberately carved as a means to place the large stones. The number and location of the knobs would seem to suggest that the stones could be lifted and placed without passing slings or lifting beams beneath the stones. The stones are so accurately cut that they fit tightly together. Perhaps the engineers and builders who designed and built these fabulous structures also designed heavy lifting machines for the construction of these structures.
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