Peru marks 100th anniversary of Machu Picchu's 'discovery'Breaking News
Peru has celebrated the 100th anniversary of the "discovery" of Machu Picchu, the Inca citadel.
The stone architectural complex in the region of Cuzco, thought to date back to the 1450s, was revealed to the world after Hiram Bingham arrived there in July 2011 at the head of a scientific expedition.
Many historians have since dismissed claims that Bingham, an American explorer often cited as one of the inspirations for the character Indiana Jones, discovered Machu Picchu.
It is now widely accepted that a Peruvian got there before him and a German, Augusto R Berns, may have looted the site in the late 19th century long before Bingham's arrival.
But Bingham is still credited with bringing the archaeological wonder to the attention of the world and Peru's government has tried to sidestep the controversy by deciding to celebrate "100 years of Machu Picchu in the world"....
comments powered by Disqus
- Letters collection offers unique glimpse into ordeal of Australian aborigines
- War, More Than ISIS, Is Destroying Syria's Ancient Sites
- Pew Poll: Trust in government is at historic lows
- If "The Donald" Said It Happened, It Happened! And Don't You Forget It!
- Solved: the mystery of Britain’s Bronze Age mummies
- Anne Frank Faced Challenges Similar to Syrian Refugees, Richard Breitman Says
- Douglass North, Nobel Prize-winning economics historian, dies at 95
- Craig Shirley says Ted Cruz is right and the Huffington Post wrong about Ronald Reagan’s 1980 Presidential Campaign
- Mystery at Notre Dame: A priest-historian has been forced to back off a project promoting authentic Catholic education
- William & Mary launching a gay history project