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Tied to a Yale-sponsored exhibition of Incan artifacts now traveling to several museums in America, this illustrated volume sheds new light on Machu Picchu, the mysterious Peruvian ruins that were rediscovered by the Yale Expedition of 1911. No "lost city" of myth, Machu Picchu was actually a "kind of Inca Camp David"a royal country estate that was probably occupied by an Incan king briefly during the 15th century. In addition to reprinting Hiram Binghams original 1913 account of the Expeditions journey, Burger and Salazars volume presents several chapters in which modern archeologists describe the astounding scientific advances, the religious rituals and the daily life of Incas at Machu Picchu. (The book also includes a catalogue of the artifacts shown in the traveling exhibition.) Particularly fascinating is Susan Niless overview of the many practices that Incan royal families used to conserve their status and resources, including the worship of mummified ancestors and the intermarriage of brothers and sisters. A final chapter by Jorge Flores Ochoa discusses modern-day issues in Perusuch as the successful attempt to make Machu Picchu a center for mystic tourismand argues that President Fujimoris plan to build a cable car to the ruins "was designed to satisfy the interests of business managers" while ignoring the interests of the local population. Although the writing in this volume can be dense with scientific terms, most of it is also quite engrossing, and readers who are interested in Machu Picchu will be enchanted by the books many lovely photographs.
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Yale anthropology professor Burger and Salazar, curator of the Machu Picchu collection at Yale's Peabody Museum, present not only an outstanding catalog, but also a welcome, in-depth resource for anyone interested in pre-Columbian archaeology and the anthropology of sacred sites. The fifteenth-century Inca palace complex in the Peruvian Andes is one of the world's most splendid and culturally important archaeological sites, explored by archaeologist Hiram Bingham III, whose accounts, photographs, and illustrations detail the significance of his 1911 discovery of wonders long shrouded in dense vegetation. Still shrouded in mystery are explanations of the site's construction and abandonment. This amply illustrated volume includes essays reflecting a broad understanding of the Bingham collection that has emerged only in the last 20 years, including Susan Niles' overview of Inca royal estates (Machu Picchu is considered a palatial country estate) and Burger's piece on everyday lives in this center of elite activity and ritual. Whitney Scott
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I tend to purchase books to learn more about what guides have told me as I visit places. This book has a decent history, some photos of the Bingham investigation/archeological... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Counselor Chris
Having recently visited Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail I wanted to obtain a first-rate "coffee-table" style book to commemorate my experience and to render handy various names for... Read morePublished on November 16, 2005 by Tome Raider