Friday, June 26, 2015

Engineering the Inca Road System: Smithsonian Exhibit

How did the Inca build their intricate system of roads through the treacherous Andes?

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian attempts to answer that question.

According to Smithsonian's online magazine, the Inca higway, or Royal Road, "was the glue that held together the vast Inca Empire, supporting both its expansion and its successful integration into a range of cultures."

The magazine notes that "the Inca engineers cut through some of the most diverse and extreme terrain in the world, spanning rain forests, deserts and high mountains."

In the video above, twenty-five Quechua families recreate part of their ancestors' journey across part of the Royal Road.

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