Monday, August 23, 2010

Remains of ancient hay city

The first Americans, centuries before it was America, used hay to make their buildings. Problem was, the livestock nibbled the structures to no end, so the builders could never erect anything on the scale of, say, Machu Picchu. Years later, someone suggested using rock, but by then everybody was fed up with monolith building. Found these ruins on a quiet farm road. I was the only tourist there.


  1. The other problem with these hay structures was farmers' strict adherence to the proverb: Make hay when the sun shines. For some reason, people then thought they couldn't (or shouldn't) make hay if the sun wasn't shining. It made for a really unpredictable construction season.

  2. Good point, Christine. The whole idea of building with hay was a mistake from the beginning.