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July 21, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los
This month marks the 100th anniversary of the rediscovery of Machu Picchu in Peru. On July 24, 1911, 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. 98. Unfortunately, the sundial at Machu Picchu was chipped during the filming of a beer commercial some years ago. 97. With one notable and outrageous exception: the sundial at the Intihuatana stone, called the "Hitching Post of the Sun. " At the spring and autumn equinoxes, the sun shines overhead and casts no shadow, another of the wonders of Machu Picchu.
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