July 22, 2011 |
We're on the final countdown to 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. 99. The damage to the sundial at Machu Picchu apparently was inflicted by a crane, for which officials said the company did not have permission.