Making this mystery more puzzling is the incomplete written record that accounts for Machu Picchu’s history. And with limited evidence, the standing stone walls, the clay preserved artifacts left behind by previous inhabitants, researchers continue to pursue the hidden details of this citadel.
“What Bingham saw was a dramatic and towering citadel of stone cut from escarpments. Fashioned by men without mortar, the stones fit so tightly together that not even a knife’s blade could fit between them. He wondered: Why? By whom? For what?”
Road to the Sky. Machu Picchu | Ancient Innovations/Discovery HD
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- For the Inca’s of Peru, what are the advantages of building a city 7,970 feet (2,430 meters) above sea level?
- Imagine you are Hiram Bingham seeing this city for the first time, what words would you use to describe what you are seeing?
- After viewing the video, Road to the Sky: Machu Picchu, for what purpose do historian believe this citadel was built?