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Inca Land

Hiram Bingham

Book Overview: 

Prof. Hiram Bingham of Yale Makes the Greatest Archaeological Discovery of the Age by Locating and Excavating Ruins of Machu Picchu on a Peak in the Andes of Peru.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Tucker took the wooden box in which we had brought the hypsometer, laid it on the snow, leveled it up carefully with the Stanley pocket level, and took a squint over it toward the north peak. He smiled and said nothing. So each of us in turn lay down in the snow and took a squint. It was all right. We were at least 250 feet higher than that aggravating peak.

Page 45We were also 450 feet higher than the east peak of Coropuna, and a thousand feet higher than any other mountain in sight. At any rate, we should not have to call upon our fast-ebbing strength for any more hard climbs in the immediate future. After arriving at this satisfactory conclusion we pitched the little Mummery tent, set up the tripod for the mercurial barometer, arranged the boiling point thermometer with its apparatus, and with the aid of kodaks and notebooks proceeded to take as many observations as possible in the next four hours. At two o'clock we read the mercurial, knowing that at . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Although it’s a landmark book about a landmark event, I found much of the first part of the book hard to slog through. I guess I was in a hurry to get to the part where he actually finds Machu Picchu. Much of the other material just did not pique my interest very much. That picked up from about Chap

I did not finish as it got a bit long and repetitive and seemed too centered in Hiram and not enough on the people who had been there first.

An fascinating and interesting read from probably one of the last great explorers of the late 19th and early 20th C. Travelling from tropical (almost) sea level to alpine conditions high up in the Andes in just one day must have been an experience-and-a-half, especially with the kit that was availab

After hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, I thought it would be a worthwhile activity to read Bingham's account of "discovery." (Note that Bingham's credited discovery is very Western-centric; even he doesn't dignify the suggestion that he was the first to find the site).

If you're reading to find

While a lot of this account has been disproved since its publication, it is still a very interesting read. It is far from being perfect, in fact, several parts are problematic to the contemporary reader (especially Bingham's observations of the "Indian race"), but as a historical text, it is fascina

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