July 26, 2011

What Was Machu Picchu For?

Ker Than, National Geographic


Pedro Szekely/Wiki Commons

Nestled atop a mountain ridge in Peru, the 15th-century Inca city of Machu Picchu had sat largely forgotten for centuries—until archaeologist Hiram Bingham began excavations of the ruins a hundred years ago this week.

Now one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Machu Picchu's original purpose is still unknown—though many archaeologists think they are closer to finding an answer.

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TAGGED: Inca, Archaeology, Archaeological Site, Machu Picchu

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