Monday, July 18, 2011

Hiram Bingham

These two plaques are mounted near the entrance to Machu Picchu.  They tell an interesting story of the changing way in which Hiram Bingham, the Yale professor who 'discovered' Machu Picchu in 1911, is seen by history.

"In honor of Hiram Bingham on the 50th anniversary of the discovery of Machu Picchu, 1961"

"The National Institute of Culture, Cusco, honors Melchor Arteaga and the Richarte and Alvarez families, who were living in Machu Picchu before Hiran [sic] Bingham arrived." -- October 1993

1 comment:

  1. Nice! Also, I swear I posted something else about the wonderful TRAILS in reply to your other post about your trip. Loved walking on them and seeing how they were made. The best part of the trip.