Topic ID #13008 - posted 7/22/2011 2:57 AM

What Was Machu Picchu For? Top Five Theories Explained



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What Was Machu Picchu For? Top Five Theories Explained
Popular ideas include a royal retreat and sacred memorial.
Ker Than
for National Geographic News
Published July 21, 2011

Nestled atop a mountain ridge in Peru, the 15th-century Inca city of Machu Picchu had sat largely forgotten for centuries—until archaeologist Hiram Bingham began excavations of the ruins a hundred years ago this week.

Now one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Machu Picchu's original purpose is still unknown—though many archaeologists think they are closer to finding an answer.

Here are some of the top theories about Machu Picchu proposed—and in some cases disproven—in the century since its "rediscovery."


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