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Ceremonial Stones
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Archaeologist John Janusek, at left, and a local guide inspect a roughly carved andesite block near the shore of Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. The building blocks for Tiwanaku’s great temples, such huge stones were quarried 40 miles (64 kilometers) away near Copacabana, floated on reed rafts to this landing site, and then pulled ten miles (16 kilometers) to Tiwanaku. “Andesite has ritual significance because it’s associated with Copacabana and Lake Titicaca,” says Janusek. “The precision of construction and the use of large blocks was a way of impressing Tiwanaku pilgrims.”

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fuji Velvia
Lens: 17-35mm zoom
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Mid afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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