News Display: Machu Picchu Is Discovered
- Everett Library Cafe
- 7/24/2014, 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
its famous towering stone monuments, Machu Picchu or "Old Peak" was
an ancient Inca settlement in Peru that was discovered by Hiram Bingham, Yale
University academic and explorer, with the help of a team of local farmers on
July 24, 1911. The site is located 2,430 meters above sea level and has more
than 3,000 stone steps linking its numerous levels or terraces. Since Bingham's
discovery, the site has become a major tourist attraction. It was declared a
Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
Bingham went on to serve in the military and hold public offices as Lieutenant Governor, then Governor of the State of Connecticut, as well as Senator. He also lectured at several United States Navy training schools.
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