Peru marks 100th anniversary of Machu Picchu's 'discovery'





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"....  




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