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Machu Picchu

In 1911 Yale University Professor Hiram Bingham, searching for the lost Inca capital of Vilcabamba, paid a Peruvian guide to lead him to a nearby ruin. The guide took him 2,000 feet (610 meters) up a precipitous slope—and straight into the “lost” city of Machu Picchu (shown here in the first of a series of photographs from the period).

Arguably the greatest archaeological site in the Americas, Machu Picchu remains a mystery. Some scholars believe it to be the birthplace of the Inca Empire. Others see a ceremonial center or military citadel.

Macchu Picchu shortly after its 'discovery'

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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