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Clearing the Site


Over a period of months Bingham and his team cleared centuries of jungle from the ruins of Machu Picchu. (Pictured: a site after a preliminary clearing, top, and three months later, bottom.) Underneath the brush were houses, temples, towers, canals, and thousands of steps and terraces.

“In several cases we found gigantic trees perched on the very tips of the gable ends of small and beautifully constructed houses,” Bingham wrote.

Clearing the Site

Photograph by Hiram Bingham


Shortly After the DiscoveryHiram BinghamAerial View of the TerrainClearing the SiteTemple of the Three WindowsThe Sacred Plaza


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