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  • Peru: Security upped at Machu Picchu over influx of streakers

    03/09/2014 8:55:29 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 32 replies
    upi ^ | March. 8, 2014
    CUSCO, Peru, Security at the Peruvian historical site of Machu Picchu has been increased after a recent string of streakers invading the centuries-old Inca citadel. Late last year, guards arrested two male tourists who were caught streaking at the site. More recently, a video of a couple streaking at Machu Picchu went viral on YouTube, prompting others to follow suit, The Guardian newspaper in London reported Friday. Ricardo Ruiz Caro, Peru's new regional director of culture, announced recently that park guards will increase surveillance to "avoid these unfortunate events that threaten cultural heritage."
  • Canary expedition in search of the white stone llamas

    10/03/2007 2:50:55 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 39 replies · 1,105+ views
    tenerifenews.com ^ | updated August 11, 2007 | unattributed
    A team of Canary investigators is currently in remotest Peru to study a startling new archaeological discovery which came to light recently in Choquequirao, an ancient Inca site which is being described in glowing terms as Machu Picchu’s “twin town”. The find consists of a line of white stone llamas embedded in massive terraced stone walls and which, it is thought, could well form part of the entrance to the sacred valley of the Incas. And make no mistake - the expedition to Choquequirao is no jolly. The three men and two women face a gruelling five days on foot...
  • Artifact of Chimu culture found in Machu Picchu

    10/26/2012 3:27:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Andina ^ | Monday, October 22, 2012 | PHS/VVS/JOT/LOG/MOC
    An offering featuiring pieces of pottery, stones and a ceremonial pot was found in Machu Picchu Inca citadel during archaeological excavations. The pieces, which were discovered by experts of Cusco's Regional Directorate of Culture, were found 70 centimeters underground. According to archeologist Carlos Werner Delgado, the artifacts were left as an offering to the gods of Machu Picchu and Salkantay snowcapped mountain due to the position they were placed underground. He noted that the pieces would date back to time of Pachacutec, between 1438 and 1470, but the ceremonial pot of Chimu culture would be the oldest one dating back...
  • Kim Komando: Machu Picchu, the Amazon and other Peruvian adventures

    08/05/2012 1:16:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    Facebook ^ | August 4, 2012 | Kim Komando
    My video about our trip to Peru. I hope you enjoy the video as much as we did the trip! :) Made using iMovie and iPhoto, by the way!
  • Machu Picchu was not so lost after all

    12/11/2008 8:15:52 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies · 1,073+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/9/2008
    Historians have uncovered documents and maps suggesting the city had been lost and found several times before the man who officially discovered the ruins, American Hiram Bingham, got there. Funded by the National Geographic Society and friends at Yale University, Mr Bingham discovered the Peruvian city of stone terraces in 1911, earning his place among the pantheon on the world's greatest explorers. After setting out from Cuzco, he followed directions from a local man to some Inca ruins, and became the first Westerner to set eyes on the crumbling citadel. Once there, he began removing thousands of artefacts, mummies, stone...
  • What Was Machu Picchu For? Top Five Theories Explained

    07/22/2011 4:02:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 46 replies
    National Geographic News ^ | July 21, 2011 | Ker Than
    Machu Picchu Was the Last Inca CityMachu Picchu Was a Holy NunneryMachu Picchu Was a Royal RetreatMachu Picchu Was a Re-creation of the Inca Creation MythMachu Picchu Was Built to Honor a Sacred LandscapeAll of the Above?
  • Machu Picchu reveals new secrets: Inkaraqay

    10/04/2010 7:18:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    Peru 'blog in English ^ | October 3, 2010 | Stuart Starrs
    Only ever seen by a few people over the past century, the Inca site of Inkaraqay located on an inaccessible and nearly vertical side of the Huayna Picchu mountain that overlooks Machu Picchu, is only now being revealed to the wider world. With the appearance of a fort hanging on to the sheer drop that gives way to the Vilcanota river and the well-known moon temple below, its huge walls and terraces covering 4,500 square metres are actually agricultural in nature.
  • Explorers Rediscover Incan City Near Machu Picchu

    12/23/2004 10:15:16 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies · 529+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov 6 2003 | staff
    Using infrared aerial photography to penetrate the forest canopy, the team led by Briton Hugh Thomson and American Gary Zeigler located the ruins at Llactapata 50 miles northwest of the ancient Incan capital, Cusco... The site was first mentioned by explorer Hiram Bingham, the discoverer of Machu Picchu, in 1912. But he was very vague about its location, and the ruins have lain undisturbed ever since. After locating the city from the air, the expedition used machetes to hack through the jungle to reach it, 9,000 feet up the side of a mountain. They found stone buildings including a solar...
  • Senator: Artifacts held by Yale belong to Peru

    06/09/2010 9:35:16 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 56+ views
    hosted ^ | Jun 9 | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN
    NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (AP) -- Sen. Christopher Dodd says Inca artifacts removed from Machu Picchu nearly a century ago and held by Yale University belong to the people of Peru.....
  • Machue Picchu airlift rescues hundreds of tourists

    01/28/2010 9:09:19 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 15 replies · 468+ views
    About 1,400 tourists have been airlifted from near the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru following floods that destroyed road and rail links. A break in the weather allowed the government to send in helicopters, but about 800 tourists are still stranded. Tourists' patience has been stretched, with prices for some goods soaring. The Machu Picchu site, which attracts more than 400,000 visitors a year, will be closed for several weeks after the heaviest rainfall for 15 years. 'An adventure' Tourists were stranded in the town of Aguas Calientes, at the foot of the ruins, after rainfall severed road...
  • Tourists paying $500 for Machu Picchu evacuation

    01/27/2010 10:19:30 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 19 replies · 884+ views
    timesonline ^ | January 27, 2010
    Desperate tourists are paying up to $500 (£300) to get on helicopters out of the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru after torrential rains set off mudslides that have killed up to ten people. Britons are among the 1,500 still trapped in the area three days after the heaviest rains in 15 years flooded the area over the weekend. Rudy Chalco, a tour guide with a group of elderly Europeans, said that the rescuers were not complying with the government's orders to prioritise the evacuation of children, the elderly and sick, and that some were paying to skip...
  • VIDEO: Machu Picchu Mummy, Gold Found

    12/02/2008 5:49:48 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 17 replies · 8,016+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | December 1, 2008
    Archaeologists in Peru have discovered an Inca mummy and artifacts, including gold jewelry, near the ancient mountain citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • Machu Picchu 'ransacked 40 years before its discovery'

    06/03/2008 12:01:08 PM PDT · by BGHater · 17 replies · 278+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 02 June 2008 | Kate Devlin
    Machu Picchu, the crown of the Inca trail, was ransacked 40 years before its discovery by an American explorer in the early 20th Century, new research claims. One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, the citadel, hidden by clouds 8,000 feet above sea level, has become a pilgrimage for hundreds of thousands of travellers every year. Historians have always thought that it lay undiscovered for centuries after the fall of the Incan Empire in the 1530s, until being brought to the attention of the modern world by an American explorer, Hiram Bingham, in 1911. But a research...
  • Slip sliding away [ Machu Picchu is in imminent danger ]

    05/12/2007 6:45:02 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 538+ views
    New Scientist ^ | March 7, 2001 | Peter Hadfield
    Japanese geologists have found that the earth beneath the ruins is shifting at an alarming rate. They say a major landslide could split the ruins in two at any time... Researchers from the Disaster Prevention Research Institute at Kyoto University set up 10 extensometers to measure the rate of surface movement. They found that one section of back slope was moving downwards at a rate of up to one centimetre per month... Sassa estimates that the landslide will be around 100 metres deep, enough to destroy all of Machu Picchu. The two-ridge structure of the site - with a concave...
  • Bridge Stirs The Waters In Machu Picchu

    02/04/2007 2:45:09 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 625+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-4-2007 | Dan Collyns
    Bridge stirs the waters in Machu Picchu By Dan Collyns BBC News, Peru In the year that Peru is trying to get Machu Picchu voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, there are growing tensions over the country's greatest tourist attraction. Machu Picchu is located high in the Andes Mountains A former mayor has built a bridge which creates a new route to the World Heritage site, threatening to bring more tourists and, some say, open up a new route for drug traffickers. The 80-metre long Carilluchayoc bridge, which crosses the Vilcanota river near the base of...
  • Disputed collection holds keys to Machu Picchu's secrets

    06/16/2006 11:00:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 798+ views
    physorg.com ^ | June 16, 2006 | MATT APUZZO
    Even after decades of study, Yale University's collection of relics from Machu Picchu continues to reveal new details about life in the Incan city in the clouds. The bones tell stories about the health of the Incan people. The metal tools hint at the society's technological advancement. The artifacts help scientists reconstruct ancient trade routes. Archaeologists say they've even learned that the Incan diet revolved not around the Peruvian staple of potatoes, but was based largely on maize. All this from restudying a collection that's nearly a century old. The government of Peru wants it back, saying it never relinquished...
  • Peru to Sue Yale to Regain Artifacts

    12/01/2005 6:41:25 PM PST · by wagglebee · 23 replies · 549+ views
    The Ledger ^ | 11/30/05 | RICK VECCHIO/AP
    LIMA, Peru Peru is preparing a lawsuit against Yale University to retrieve artifacts taken nearly a century ago from the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, a government official said Wednesday. Peru has held discussions in recent years with Yale seeking the return of nearly 5,000 artifacts, including ceramics and human bones that explorer Hiram Bingham dug up during three expeditions to Machu Picchu in 1911, 1912 and 1914. "Yale considers the collection university property, given the amount of time it has been there," said Luis Guillermo Lumbreras, chief of Peru's National Institute of Culture, in an interview with The Associated...
  • Machu Picchu Rescue Underway ( 1400 Trapped by Mudslide)

    10/14/2005 6:17:10 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 20 replies · 859+ views
    BBC ^ | 14 Oct 2005 | Staff
    The Peruvian authorities have begun to evacuate at least 1,400 people - many of them tourists - stranded at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu by a mudslide. On Wednesday, the railway line leading up the Andes mountains to Machu Picchu was covered by a mudslide more than three metres (9.8ft) deep. Peruvian officials said the slippage of mud and rocks was caused by snow melting on a nearby mountain peak. A spokeswoman for Peru Rail said no-one was hurt in the incident. The trapped people were being brought to safety by bus. Many of those trapped at the site...
  • Peruvian Family Claims Machu Picchu

    03/23/2005 7:10:23 PM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 689+ views
    UK News Yahoo ^ | 3-22-2005
    Peruvian family claims Machu Picchu LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Peru's poor Zavaleta family has only one thing to say to the thousands of tourists who trek along the Inca trail to the renowned citadel Machu Picchu every year: "Hey you, get off our land!" The family says it is the lawful owner of a large part of the Machu Picchu sanctuary, Peru's most famous national treasure, and will start proceedings next week to sue the state for recognition of its ownership rights. "The Zavaletas bought the land in 1944 and have title deeds that date from 1898," their lawyer Fausto...
  • QuickBird satellite images provide a new perspective

    12/29/2004 8:06:03 AM PST · by Zacs Mom · 44 replies · 9,172+ views
    The high-resolution QuickBird satellite images of the tsunami impact on Sri Lanka are just a few of the images on the Digital Globe web site that made me stop and say "Wow!" For example, check out the images on the links below:
  • Ancient Peru Site Older, Much Larger

    12/23/2004 9:49:50 AM PST · by blam · 80 replies · 2,520+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 12-23-2004 | Thomas H. Maugh
    Thursday, December 23, 2004 - Page updated at 12:03 A.M. Ancient Peru site older, much larger By Thomas H. Maugh II Los Angeles Times A Peruvian site previously reported as the oldest city in the Americas actually is a much larger complex of as many as 20 cities with huge pyramids and sunken plazas sprawled over three river valleys, researchers report. Construction started about 5,000 years ago — nearly 400 years before the first pyramid was built in Egypt — at a time when most people around the world were simple hunters and gatherers, a team from Northern Illinois University...
  • Explorers Unearth Lost Inca Stronghold in Peru

    03/18/2002 9:15:42 PM PST · by d4now · 58 replies · 4,915+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 18, 6:12 PM ET | Missy Ryan
    LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - In the first major Inca find in four decades, Peruvian and British explorers say they have discovered a hidden city, perched on an Andean hilltop, that may have sheltered stalwarts of South America's legendary empire as they made a last stand against Spanish conquerors. Located on a narrow ridge around 11,000 feet up in Peru's windswept, southern Andes, the Inca citadel of Corihuayrachina is a mysterious gathering of religious platforms, funeral towers, and food storehouses. British scholar and guide Peter Frost told a news conference on Monday he first spotted the ruins in the rugged, isolated...
  • Inca wall falls for 'Archaeologist' hotel

    09/15/2003 1:57:59 PM PDT · by bedolido · 5 replies · 304+ views
    ABC News ^ | 09/15/03 | Staff Writer
    A Frenchman has torn down part of an ancient Inca wall to build a hotel that he ironically wanted to call 'The Archaeologist', in the Peruvian city of Cusco, capital of the Inca empire. The El Comercio newspaper said Joel Raymund was planning to slap up a concrete wall in place of the large, finely cut bricks that had been there since before the 16th century Spanish conquest. Peruvian authorities have halted construction of the hotel. The newspaper reported Mr Raymund has apologised but it is not clear what sanctions he could face. The Inca dynasty ruled over a swathe...
  • MICHIGAN MAN MAY HAVE TAPPED SECRETS OF THE ANCIENTS

    03/24/2004 4:56:10 PM PST · by vannrox · 69 replies · 3,365+ views
    But then, the blocks that Wallace T. Wallington moves around near his home in a rural Flint area have weighed up to nearly 10 tons. And by himself, he moves these behemoth playthings, not with cranes and cables, but with wooden levers. "It's more technique than it is technology," Wallington says. "I think the ancient Egyptians and Britons knew this." Last October, a production crew from Discovery Channel in Canada came to Wallington's home to record him as he raised a 16-foot, rectangular, concrete block that weighed 19,200 pounds and set it into a hole. That taping was made into...
  • Machete-Wielding Team Discover Inca Fastness Lost For Four Centuries

    06/05/2002 5:26:53 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 597+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-6-2002 | Roger Highfield
    Machete-wielding team discover Inca fastness lost for four centuries By Roger Highfield, Science Editor (Filed: 06/06/2002) One of the last Inca strongholds against the conquering Spanish has been uncovered in cloud-forest by a British and American expedition investigating a rumour of lost ruins, the Royal Geographical Society will announce today. Called Cota Coca, after the coca grown there, the site is more than 6,000ft up in a valley near the junction of the Yanama and Blanco rivers in Vilcabamba, one of the least understood and most significant areas in the history of the Incas, rulers of the last great empire...
  • Machu Picchu Rubbish Dump Found

    06/12/2002 4:10:51 PM PDT · by vannrox · 7 replies · 555+ views
    Discovery News ^ | June 12, 2002 | Editorial Staff
    Archaeologists, while clearing away weeds from Peru's Machu Picchu, uncovered more of the ancient site, including a rubbish dump. Machu Picchu Rubbish Dump Found June 10 — Archeologists doing maintenance at the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu have found new stone terraces, water channels, a rubbish dump and a wall dividing the site's urban sector from its temples, an official said on Friday. "We were clearing away weeds when we were surprised to discover new stone structures, including a wall 6.8 meters (22 feet) high with fine masonry which separates the urban from the sacred zone," Fernando Astete, administrator...
  • Magnificent Seven That Keep Mere Mortals Wondering

    04/02/2004 5:20:20 PM PST · by blam · 25 replies · 521+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-3-2004 | Christopher Howse
    Magnificent seven that keep mere mortals wondering By Christopher Howse (Filed: 03/04/2004) Only one person out of more than 600 polled could name all Seven Wonders of the World, according to a survey published today. That person's identity is unknown, since the survey was done scientifically by ICM, guaranteeing anonymity. Perhaps it was you. If not, and you want to try getting all seven, look away from this page now. How did you score? If you could name three, you were doing well. Only one person in 10 managed that. Four or more Wonders were named by only a tiny...
  • Pre-Inca Ruins Emerrging From Peru's Cloud Forests (Chapapoyas)

    09/23/2004 8:09:38 PM PDT · by blam · 47 replies · 8,770+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 9-16-2004 | John Roach
    Pre-Inca Ruins Emerging From Peru's Cloud Forests John Roach for National Geographic News September 16, 2004 On the eastern slope of the Andes mountains in northern Peru, forests cloak the ruins of a pre-Inca civilization, the size and scope of which explorers and archaeologists are only now beginning to understand. Known as the Chachapoya, the civilization covered an estimated 25,000 square miles (65,000 square kilometers). The Chachapoya, distinguished by fair skin and great height, lived primarily on ridges and mountaintops in circular stone houses. Sean Savoy, leader of the Gran Saposoa-El Dorado IV Expedition (July-August 2004), points out a stone...
  • Road to Machu Picchu runs through L.A.(Inca exhibit in LA Natural History Museum)

    06/30/2003 8:04:23 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 13 replies · 966+ views
    San Bernardino Sun ^ | June 27, 2003 | Steven Rosen
    Machu Picchu Comes to L.A. Largest U.S. Exhibition of Inca Treasures Makes Only West Coast Stop at Natural History Museum (http://www.nhm.org/) . June 22 to September 7, 2003. This is the first stop on the exhibition’s national tour, after its debut at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. Following the Los Angeles presentation, the exhibit will travel to Pittsburgh, Denver, Houston and Chicago. The enduring allure of Machu Picchu, the 15th-century Incan ruins nestled into Peru's Andes Mountains, is its mystery. Why and how did the Incas build such an impressive estate -- a five-acre city, really, with 150...
  • "Another" Machu Picchu City Discovered!

    04/03/2002 5:59:39 PM PST · by vannrox · 24 replies · 780+ views
    The STAR ^ | Mar. 19, 01:00 EDT | Craig Mauro
    Mar. 19, 01:00 EDT Ancient Inca town called `unparalleled' archeological find 100 structures uncovered at site high in Andes Craig Mauro ASSOCIATED PRESS LIMA, Peru — Explorers have found the extensive ruins of an Inca town, complete with human remains, sprawled spectacularly across a mountain in southern Peru, the expedition leaders said yesterday. The ancient settlement clings to the slopes of a rugged peak in a region of the Andes Mountains where the Incas hid after the Spanish conquest. It consists of more than 100 structures, including a ridge-top truncated pyramid, ceremonial platforms and an 8-kilometre-long irrigation channel. British author...