This year marks the centennial of the discovery by American explorer Hiram Bingham of the Incan city of
According to a National Geographic special called The Inca Rebellion, the Inca were ‘the Romans of the
A newly classified wonder of the world and a Unesco World Heritage site,
Many archaeologists and other scientists agree that it served from 1450 to 1540 as the royal retreat for Pachacuti, an extraordinary builder and ruler of the Incas, a people who ruled for about a century. Others believe it was built as a means of preserving the culture that had spread to encompass most of
“They were sufficiently civilised to practice intensive agriculture, sufficiently skilful to equal the best masonry the world has ever seen… and sufficiently advanced in art to realise the beauty of simplicity,” Bingham wrote in his book Inca Land: Explorations in the Highlands of Peru (available as a free download from www.gutenberg.org).
Read the full story in the November 2011 issue of Perspective magazine!