RE-DISCOVERY OF MACHUPICCHU BY HIAN BINHAM

25/07/2020 6:25 pm

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On July 24, 1911, in a expedition from Yale University, Hiram Bingham rediscovers Machu Picchu. Although his real goal was to find the capital of the descendants of the Incas, Vilcabamba (bulwark of resistance against the Spanish 1536 – 1572).

Machu Picchu constitutes an insoluble and authentic archaeological enigma, since its discovery in 1911, its history and many of its mysteries, still continue to intrigue researchers and visitors from all over the world.

Binham was guided by a land tenant, Melchor Arteaga, and accompanied by a sergeant from the Peruvian Civil Guard with the last name Carrasco. Upon arrival, they found two families of peasants living there: the Recharte and the Álvarez family, who used the platforms in the south of the ruins to cultivate and drank the water from an Inca canal that was still working and brought water from a spring. Pablo Recharte, one of the children from Machu Picchu, guided Bingham to the urban area of the overgrown citadel.

First statements of Bingham when arriving at Machupicchu:

Suddenly I found myself standing in front of the walls of a ruin and houses built with the best quality of Inca art. The walls were difficult to see as trees and moss had covered the stones for centuries. But in the shade of the bamboo and climbing the bushes were the visible walls made of white granite blocks cut with the highest precision. I found brilliant temples, royal houses, a great plaza, and thousands of houses. He seemed to be in a dream “- Hiram Bingham, book” The discovery of Machu Picchu “

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