It is the most famous archaeological ruin in the Western hemisphere, an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca – and yet it remains an enigma. Theories about its purpose had remained largely unchanged since its discovery; Hiram Bingham first provided one, nearly a century ago. But now, work by a new generation of archaeologists has proved Bingham wrong. Their recent finds – including skeletons at the site – are for the first time accurately decoding Machu Picchu, with new revelations about who built it, how, and why.
Episode Length: 00:45:00