Machu Picchu: Unveiling
the Mystery of the Incas
High in the Peruvian cloud forest the Inca
country palace of Machu Picchu is one of the most spectacular archaeological
sites in the world. When local farmers first showed members of the 1911 Yale
Peruvian Expedition to the site, it had survived in a near pristine state since
the Inca abandoned it in the early 16th century.
The Expedition was led by Yale archaeologist
Hiram Bingham (who later became the governor of Connecticut!). He excavated
hundreds of objects that tell the story of everyday life at Machu Picchu and, by
agreement with the Peruvian government, these materials became part of the
Peabody Museumís collections. Many of these objects will be on view to the
public for the first time. Together with the 11,000 photographs Bingham took,
they form a unique scientific, historic and artistic resource that enables us to
reconstruct the daily life of Machu Picchu at its zenith 500 years ago.