National Geographic Returns 300 Photos from First Machu Picchu Expedition

Thursday August 24, 2017
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National Geographic Returns 300 Photos from First Machu Picchu Expedition

In an emotional ceremony held at the Casa Garcilaso in Cusco, representatives from the National Geographic Society returned 305 digitized photographs of Machu Picchu that were recorded by the Peruvian Expeditions of Yale headed by Hiram Bingham more than 100 years ago.

The photographs delivered are in black and white and provide a valuable testimony to the conditions under which the archaeological evidence was found during the expedition led by Bingham in 1911.

The presentation was given by Dr. Matthew Piscitelli, who previously held an interesting exhibition on the photographs that were recorded by the Peruvian Expeditions of Yale featuring not only Machu Picchu but also other areas of the Andes near Cusco.

"I am grateful for this generous gesture from National Geographic and we hope to consolidate this cooperative relationship to not only protect Machu Picchu but also to promote and disseminate it," said Dr. Vidal Pino, head of Cultura Cusco, when receiving the photographs. The acknowledgment was extended to the president, vice president and directors of the National Geographic Society.

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