Ghosts of Machu Picchu
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Produced by PBS as part of its NOVA science series - it is really a co-production of National Geographic magazine (which first published Bingham's own story in 1915). This not only gives it creditability but some entertainment value too. (National Geographic's own specials are always well done.). There are a few interviews with scientists and researchers as well as some "recreations" (which, personally I found distracting and the reason for four stars, rather than five.) but mostly it is beautiful camera work showing, not only Machu Picchu from every angle, but the neighboring cities.
There is also NEWS here. The researcher who analyses bones has been able to determine the sex of the bodies found at the site as well as the level in society. These were "middle class people.. They don't have all the answers yet but there are new discoveries revealed here. The film runs about 54 minutes and so it doesn't go in to the depth it could but it will hold your attention.
If you already know about Machu Picchu, you will learn more. If you don't, you'll probably find yourself calling a travel agent after watching this, wanting to see this amazing place in person!
This work spoke about skeletons found, how Incan descendants have blended pre-Colombian and Christian practices, irrigation, etc. MP is not just some stones; this work shows that it has an elaborate system to deal with all the rain in that high region. It speaks of how a culture without the wheel, iron, or writing could make such a fantastic site. It discusses why the conquistadores never found MP.
This work has a blend of experts interviewed: Latino and Anglo; male and female. There are reenactments here, but they are well-done, rather than cheesy. I think parents who have children that love "The Emperoro's New Groove" may want to show this to their young ones for educational purposes. Some anthropologists have lamented that their field is dismissed as "just stones and bones." This doc really brought a "dead" subject to life.
This video isn't long and there is a lot more information out there but it definitely was nice to have the visuals and a good overview. If you are interested in more info, I would suggest looking to other sources.
This new world wonder helped us understand and appreciate the wisdom of Inca people who used their brain and hand to labor this massive precise structure. I cannot help admire their ability and knowledge in mechanical, civil and management engineering without a college degree. Did these ancient people offer a systematic approach in making a strong stone shelter with convenience and comfort in fung shui design? The smart terrace structure creates harmony in nature, human and land without the worry of landslide and erosion.
Why ancient made awesome wonders and modern makes concrete jungle? Why come and conquer by converting, destroying and exterminating?
Is Machu Picchu the Inca place to communicate with the gods to learn their secrets?
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Very enjoyable with lots of background information. I bought it for my husband and he was delighted with the content.Published 2 months ago by Snookie
My sister married one of Hiram Bingham's grandsons. I just HAD to see this video.Published 7 months ago by JRHulsman
Such great historical significance and a story I enjoyed viewing over and over again. So interesting!Published 16 months ago by dlorac
Beautiful Moives on the Incas. More detailed and accurate then the other movies I've seen on this topic. The best movie in English about the Incas.Published 18 months ago by Rogue
Well worth the time spent watching, even if you are not planning a visit to Machu Picchu.Published 19 months ago by JACK FENDER