Cradle of gold

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Cradle of gold

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Description "In 1911, a young Peruvian boy led an American explorer and Yale historian named Hiram Bingham into the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. Hidden amidst the breathtaking heights of the Andes, this settlement of temples, tombs and palaces was the Incas' greatest achievement. Tall, handsome, and sure of his destiny, Bingham believed that Machu Picchu was the Incas' final refuge, where they fled the Spanish Conquistadors. Bingham made Machu Picchu famous, and his dispatches from the jungle cast him as the swashbuckling hero romanticized today as a true Indiana Jones-like character. But his excavation of the site raised old specters of conquest and plunder, and met with an indigenous nationalism that changed the course of Peruvian history. Though Bingham successfully realized his dream of bringing Machu Picchu's treasure of skulls, bones and artifacts back to the United States, conflict between Yale and Peru persists through the present day over a simple question: Who owns Inca history? In this grand, sweeping narrative, Christopher Heaney takes the reader into the heart of Peru's past to relive the dramatic story of the final years of the Incan empire, the exhilarating recovery of their final cities and the thought-provoking fight over their future. Drawing on original research in untapped archives, Heaney vividly portrays both a stunning landscape and the complex history of a fascinating region that continues to inspire awe and controversy today"--Provided by publisher.
Dewey Decimal Class 974.6/04092
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Isbn13 9780230112049
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Lc Classifications F3429.B633 H42 2010
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Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Number Of Pages 318
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Pagination xiv, 295p.
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Physical Format Paperback
Publish Country nyu
Publish Date 2011
Publish Places New York
Publishers Palgrave Macmillan
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Subjects Bingham, Hiram, -- 1875-1956
Latin Americanists -- United States -- Biography
Incas -- Antiquities
Cultural property -- Peru
Incas -- History
Machu Picchu Site (Peru)
Peru -- History -- Conquest, 1522-1548
Subtitle the story of Hiram Bingham, a real-life Indiana Jones, and the search for Machu Picchu
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Cradle of gold
Authors Christopher Heaney
Average Rating 4
Categories History
Content Version preview-1.0.0
Description Presents a biography of the historian who discovered Machu Picchu, including his childhood in Hawaii, explorations at the historic site, political career, and the battle between Yale University and Peru over the ancient city's relics.
Language en
Maturity Rating NOT_MATURE
Page Count 244
Print Type BOOK
Published Date 2011-07-05
Publisher Macmillan
Ratings Count 5
Subtitle The Story of Hiram Bingham, a Real-Life Indiana Jones, and the Search for Machu Picchu
Title Cradle of Gold

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