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CuscoUrbanism and Archaeology in the Inka World$
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Ian Farrington

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044330

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044330.001.0001

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Inka Architecture and Urban Buildings

Inka Architecture and Urban Buildings

(p.21) 2 Inka Architecture and Urban Buildings

Ian Farrington

University Press of Florida

This chapter presents a comprehensive review of inka construction materials, tools, techniques, and processes, from the digging of footings to wall construction and styles, roof construction, doorways, wall decoration, and the concepts of symmetry and aesthetics. It provides definitions and examples of important buildings, spaces, and arrangements, such as the plaza, the usnu, the kallanka (a palace with a large hall), and the kancha, as well as other forms, such as streets, gates, temples, and storerooms. The final section is a critical evaluation of the inferences and studies on inka architectural style and time by Kendall and Niles inter alia. It concludes that this methodology is imprecise because it relies on historical documentation to link each Sapa Inka with a place. The idea that every building in it was built at the same time is moot because archaeology demonstrates this to be false.

Keywords:   Construction materials, Construction techniques, Types of urban buildings and spaces, Architectural style and time

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