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Moray Ruins

Listed under Ancient Monuments in Cusco, Peru.

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Some of the most impressive of the Incan agricultural terraces can be see at the Moray site. There are terraces around Machu Picchu, so most visitors to Cusco with see some, however the Moray terraces are 'in the round', like a giant amphitheatre. Experts think that this site was a kind of academic farm where experimental farming techniques were tried out, and the proper altitude to grow each plant and the optimum width of the terrace structure was tested. The same experts suggest that here instead of building upwards, as most cultures did, building work went downwards, which is why the amphitheatres are so circular.

Written by  Stuart James.

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