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Machu Picchu: Inca site ‘has gone by wrong name for over 100 years’


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Machu Picchu is one of the world’s best-known archaeological sites, a wonder of pre-Columbian architecture that has been closely studied for decades and a tourist attraction that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

But a new academic paper argues that since its rediscovery more than a century ago, the site has been known by the wrong name.

A Peruvian historian and a leading US archaeologist argue that the Unesco world heritage site was known by its Inca inhabitants as Huayna Picchu – the name of a peak overlooking the ruins – or simply Picchu.

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2022/mar/23/machu-picchu-inca-site-wrong-name

In their paper, published...

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00776297.2021.1949833?

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I've always wanted to go to Peru to see the Revash funerary complex, as well as Vinicunca. I guess Machu Picchu, too.

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7 hours ago, Still Waters said:

Machu Picchu is one of the world’s best-known archaeological sites, a wonder of pre-Columbian architecture that has been closely studied for decades and a tourist attraction that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

But a new academic paper argues that since its rediscovery more than a century ago, the site has been known by the wrong name.

A Peruvian historian and a leading US archaeologist argue that the Unesco world heritage site was known by its Inca inhabitants as Huayna Picchu – the name of a peak overlooking the ruins – or simply Picchu.

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2022/mar/23/machu-picchu-inca-site-wrong-name

In their paper, published...

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00776297.2021.1949833?

The Peruvian historian added: “As Shakespeare said: ‘A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.’”

So why bother?

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7 hours ago, Still Waters said:

A Peruvian historian and a leading US archaeologist argue that the Unesco world heritage site was known by its Inca inhabitants as Huayna Picchu – the name of a peak overlooking the ruins – or simply Picchu.

So two names for two spots: Machu Picchu, and the mountain overlooking MP: Huayna Picchu. It's a fuss about nothing.

Btw., I have been there, and Huayna Picchu is a steep mountain which still has traces of Incan masonry, like an unbelievable steep staircase.

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