He had then come across the ruins that we know today. The locals were actually living in Machu Picchu and they were using the ancient Inca terraces too.
Etymology[ edit ] In the Quechua languagemachu means "old" or "old person", while pikchu means "peak; mountain or prominence with a broad base that ends in sharp peaks",  [ not in citation given See discussion. History[ edit ] View of the city of Machu Picchu in showing the original ruins after major clearing and before modern reconstruction work began.
Though Machu Picchu is considered to be a "royal" estate, surprisingly, the estate would not have been passed down in the line of succession. It was only used for approximately 80 years before being abandoned seemingly due to destruction of the Spanish Conquests in other parts of the Inca Empire.
During the harsher season, staff dropped down to around a hundred servants and a few religious specialists focused only on maintenance.
They lacked the chemical markers and osteological markers they Machu pichu have if they had been living there their whole lives.
Instead, there was bone damage from various species of water parasites indigenous to different areas of Peru. There were also varying osteological stressors and varying chemical densities suggesting varying long term diets characteristic of specific regions that were spaced apart.
This suggests Machu pichu several of the immigrants were from more coastal areas and moved to Machu Picchu where corn was a larger portion of food intake. Most people found at the site had lower levels of arthritis and bone fractures found in most sites of the Inca Empire.
Not only people were suspected to have immigrated to Machu Picchu, there were several animal bones found that were not native to the site. Most animal bones found were from llamas and alpacas.
Most likely, these animals were brought in from the Puna region  for meat consumption and for their pelts. Guinea pigs were also found at the site in special burial caves, suggesting that they were at least used for funerary rituals  as it was common throughout the Inca Empire to use them for sacrifices and meat.
Due to their placements among the human remains, it is believed that they served as companions of the dead. These terraces were a work of considerable engineering, built to ensure good drainage and soil fertility while also protecting the mountain itself from erosion and landslides.
However, the terraces were not perfect, as studies of the land show that there were landslides that happened during the construction of Machu Picchu. It can still be seen where the terraces were shifted by landslides and then stabilized by the Inca as they continued to build around the area.
Because of the large amount of rainfall at Machu Picchu, it was found that irrigation was not needed for the terraces. The terraces received so much rain that they were built specifically to allow for ample drainage of the extra water. It was proven that the topsoil was probably moved from the valley floor to the terraces because it was much more rich than the soil higher up the mountain.
Therefore, when studies were done on the food that the Incas ate at Machu Picchu, it was found that much of what they ate was imported to the area from the surrounding valleys and farther. The types of sacred rocks defaced by the conquistadors in other locations are untouched at Machu Picchu.
The site may have been discovered and plundered in by a German businessman, Augusto Berns.
Maps show references to Machu Picchu as early as Though Bingham was not the first to visit the ruins, he was considered the scientific discoverer who brought Machu Picchu to international attention.
Bingham organized another expedition in to undertake major clearing and excavation. In addition to the ruins, the sanctuary includes a large portion of the adjoining region, rich with the flora and fauna of the Peruvian Yungas and Central Andean wet puna ecoregions.
He organized the Yale Peruvian Expedition in part to search for the Inca capital, which was thought to be the city of Vitcos. In particular, Ramos thought Vitcos was "near a great white rock over a spring of fresh water. According to Bingham, "one old prospector said there were interesting ruins at Machu Picchu," though his statements "were given no importance by the leading citizens.
En route Bingham asked local people to show them Inca ruins, especially any place described as having a white rock over a spring. Arteaga said he knew of excellent ruins on the top of Huayna Picchu.
At the top of the mountain, they came across a small hut occupied by a couple of QuechuaRicharte and Alvarez, who were farming some of the original Machu Picchu agricultural terraces that they had cleared four years earlier.
Because of the vegetation, Bingham was not able to observe the full extent of the site. He took preliminary notes, measurements, and photographs, noting the fine quality of Inca stonework of several principal buildings.
Bingham was unclear about the original purpose of the ruins, but decided that there was no indication that it matched the description of Vitcos. Guided by locals Bingham rediscovered and correctly identified the site of the old Inca capital, Vitcos then called Rosaspataand the nearby temple of Chuquipalta.
InGene Savoy further explored the ruins at Espiritu Pampa and revealed the full extent of the site, identifying it as Vilcabamba Viejo where the Incas fled after the Spanish drove them from Vitcos. The expedition undertook a four-month clearing of the site with local labor, which was expedited with the support of the Prefect of Cuzco.
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