Aired Wednesday May 4th, 2011 at 8:00 pm on KUED HD Ch. 7.1
Perched atop a mountain crest 8,000 feet above sea level, Machu Picchu is one of the most famous and well preserved archeological ruins in the Western hemisphere. The city stands as an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca civilization that built it in the 14th century.
In the years since Machu Picchu was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, there have been countless theories about this "Lost City of the Incas," yet it remains an enigma. NOVA "Ghosts of Machu Picchu" airing Wednesday, May 4 at 8:00 p.m. on KUED Channel 7, looks at the mystery of the Peruvian landmark.
Why did the Incas build it on such an inaccessible site, clinging to the steep face of a mountain? Who lived among its stone buildings, farmed its emerald green terraces and drank from its sophisticated aqueduct system? NOVA joins a new generation of archeologists as they uncover areas of Machu Picchu that haven't been touched since the time of the Incas and unearth burials of the people who built the sacred site. "Ghosts of Machu Picchu" explores the extraordinary clues that ignited in 1911 and continue to the present.
This episode of Nova can also be viewed:
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 @ 8:00 pm on KUED HD Channel 7.1
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