Perched atop a mountain crest, mysteriously abandoned more than four centuries ago, Machu Picchu is the most famous archeological ruin in the Western Hemisphere and an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca. 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. Why did the Incas build it on such an inaccessible site? 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 probe areas of Machu Picchu that haven’t been touched since the time of the Incas,documentaries
High in the Peruvian Andes, there’s an ancient city called Machu Picchu. It is a ruin that defies explanation. Who were the mysterious people who built it and why did they build it here?
With no defensive wall, it doesn’t look like a fortress. Instead, there are fountains and small pools, documentaries .temples and strange altars cut from granite, but little else to explain how a people who didn’t have iron tools or the wheel could have created such a masterpiece and why.
Now, new research is solving these mysteries in the bodies and bones of the people who once lived here.
There are clues far below the city and underneath it and in the stories of the mummies of kings. Will all these revelations finally lay the Ghosts of Machu Picchu to rest? Right now, on this Nova/National Geographic special.documentaries
Perched at 8,000 feet on a narrow ridge in the high Andes, Machu Picchu is a remote and mysterious ancient wonder.documentaries
Spread across the top of this ridge are more than 200 structures, each built with exquisitely cut stone. Some appear to be homes, others temples. They surround a one-acre green, and all are fed by open waterways and fountains.
It is a lost city, whose doorways and passages hint at the ghosts of its past; a place that is at once beautiful and baffling.The Ghosts OF PBS NovA
There are no written clues in the city, no carvings to suggest a purpose.
At its highest point, the mystery only deepens.
There, a beautifully carved pillar stands, a graceful riddle to cap the site. From this lofty height, the views leave one stunned, but also curious. How did the builders get all this stone up here and then cut it so finely that they didn’t even need mortar to hold their walls in place? Who built Machu Picchu? And why did they build it in this impossible place?The Ghosts OF PBS NovA
Even more perplexing, why did they abandon it? Throughout the city, stones seemed to be on the verge of being placed when work came to a stop.
Now, as never before, clues are emerging—some at the site itself in new excavations, others at the lower reaches of Machu Picchu—as teams explore them for the very first time.
These mysteries have long obsessed Fernando Astete, director of the Machu Picchu Archaeological Park.