July 3, 2012 by mamie
NG live’s Cradle of Gold: Hiram Bingham and Machu Picchu was a very interesting video about the discovery of Machu Picchu in 1911 and the discovery’s importance now. The historian Christopher Heaney was great to listen to and hearing him recount Bingham’s life and journey to the ruins made the story all the more real. Plus, by watching the video, I got to see more amazing pictures and find out about Yale and the Peruvian government’s involvement in the Machu Picchu discovery and the distribution of artifacts. One thing I loved about Heaney’s lecture was that he very effectively explained that Machu Picchu has a wonderful amount of human worth, if not monetary worth, and that Bingham’s legacy of curiosity and collaboration still lives on today. Altogether, I am very glad I watched this concise, inspiring video, and it makes me all the more excited for my trip to Peru!