Machu Picchu terraces   Sculpture of Inca in ceremonial garb

Perched atop a mountain crest and mysteriously abandoned more than four centuries ago, Machu Picchu is the most famous archaeological 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 in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, archaeologists have continued to develop countless theories about this "Lost City of the Incas," yet it remains an enigma. Why was it built 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 archaeologists as they probe areas of Machu Picchu that haven't been touched since the time of the Incas. See what they discover when they unearth burials of the people who built the site.



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Length: 56 min.
Country: USA
Language: English
Director: Owen Palmquist, Ricardo Preve
Producer: Owen Palmquist, Ricardo Preve
Distributor: National Geographic Television
Distributor Web site: http://www,pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/ghosts-machu-picchu.html



Festival Screenings and Awards:
Banff World Television Awards.