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Engineering the Inka Empire Symposium Play

Engineering the Inka Empire: A Symposium on Sustainability and Ancient Technologies was a day-long event presented at the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., on November 14, 2013. One of civilization's most impressive engineering achievements, the Inka Road (or Qhapaq Ñan) traversed the Inka Empire, which encompassed large territories of present-day Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, and Chile. The symposium, moderated by José Barreiro, explores new theories and discoveries about the construction of the Inka Road and how these ancient techniques can be applied by modern engineers and city planners. Insightful presentations by noted international engineers and scholars illuminate the planning, building, and sustainability of the magnificent Inka roads that five hundred years ago integrated the rugged, mountainous world of the Andes. Cosponsored by the National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Latino Center, this symposium was supported with internal Smithsonian funds from the Consortium for World Cultures.
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