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Who Discovered Machu Picchu?

Posted in History - Modern,Travel by Tony Dunnell on September 18, 2009
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Well, the easy answer is Hiram Bingham. Bingham (imagine a slightly more academic, note quite as dynamic Indiana Jones) discovered Machu Picchu in 1911. However, was the Lost City of the Incas ever actually lost? And did Hiram Bingham actually discover it first?

Without taking anything away from Hiram Bingham, the ‘discovery’ of Machu Picchu is a matter of some debate.

Take a look at The Hiram Bingham Machu Picchu Debate to find out more….

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  1. Opening up a can of worms here. Many locals knew about the site long before Hiram Bingham tied up his shoelaces and set off into the jungle.

  2. Kit Herring said,

    The site was located and named as Machu Picchu on a nineteenth century Italian map uncovered in Cusco many years ago.

    One only has to look at the varying degrees of sophistication in the stonework to see that while the Incas definitely occupied the city, it is unlikely that they constructed it.


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