Machu Picchu Decoded

Machu Picchu Decoded

SBS  |  May 6, 2012

Deep in the Andean mountains lays a mysterious ruin named Machu Picchu. For 400 years it sat abandoned on its misty cliff, the quintessential lost city in the jungle. It is the most famous archaeological ruin in the Western hemisphere, an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca - and yet it remains an enigma. Rediscovered in 1911, it contained no written records or carvings, nothing that could shed light on its history.

Deep in the Andean mountains lays a mysterious ruin named Machu Picchu. For 400 years it sat abandoned on its misty cliff, the quintessential lost city in the jungle. It is the most famous archaeological ruin in the Western hemisphere, an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca - and yet it remains an enigma. Rediscovered in 1911, it contained no written records or carvings, nothing that could shed light on its history.

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