June 17, 2011 |
July 24 will mark the 100th anniversary of the rediscovery of Machu Picchu in Peru. Hiram Bingham III, a Yale professor, came upon the vine-covered ruins of the ancient Inca city, which the Spanish had overlooked for three centuries. For the 100 days leading to the anniversary, we've been publishing a fact a day. Here's a look at the site's country, history and players. Read from the bottom up. 64. Hiram Bingham's reputation is said to have suffered -- at least among those who criticized his methods of gathering the treasures.