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Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas

Panorama of Machu Picchu


High in the Peruvian cloud forest the Inca country palace of Machu Picchu is one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in the world. When local farmers first showed members of the 1911 Yale Peruvian Expedition to the site, it had survived in a near pristine state since the Inca abandoned it in the early 16th century.

The Expedition was led by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham (who later became the governor of Connecticut!). He excavated hundreds of objects that tell the story of everyday life at Machu Picchu and, by agreement with the Peruvian government, these materials became part of the Peabody Museumís collections. Many of these objects will be on view to the public for the first time. Together with the 11,000 photographs Bingham took, they form a unique scientific, historic and artistic resource that enables us to reconstruct the daily life of Machu Picchu at its zenith 500 years ago.

A young Peruvian boy in an doorway at Machu Picchu.

 

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