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The Resource Cradle of gold : the story of Hiram Bingham, a real-life Indiana Jones, and the search for Machu Picchu, Christopher Heaney

Cradle of gold : the story of Hiram Bingham, a real-life Indiana Jones, and the search for Machu Picchu, Christopher Heaney

Label
Cradle of gold : the story of Hiram Bingham, a real-life Indiana Jones, and the search for Machu Picchu
Title
Cradle of gold
Title remainder
the story of Hiram Bingham, a real-life Indiana Jones, and the search for Machu Picchu
Statement of responsibility
Christopher Heaney
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In 1911, a young Peruvian boy led an American explorer and Yale historian named Hiram Bingham into the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. Hidden amidst the breathtaking heights of the Andes, this settlement of temples, tombs and palaces was the Incas' greatest achievement. Tall, handsome, and sure of his destiny, Bingham believed that Machu Picchu was the Incas' final refuge, where they fled the Spanish Conquistadors. Bingham made Machu Picchu famous, and his dispatches from the jungle cast him as the swashbuckling hero romanticized today as a true Indiana Jones-like character. But his excavation of the site raised old specters of conquest and plunder, and met with an indigenous nationalism that changed the course of Peruvian history. Though Bingham successfully realized his dream of bringing Machu Picchu's treasure of skulls, bones and artifacts back to the United States, conflict between Yale and Peru persists through the present day over a simple question: Who owns Inca history? In this grand, sweeping narrative, Christopher Heaney takes the reader into the heart of Peru's past to relive the dramatic story of the final years of the Incan empire, the exhilarating recovery of their final cities and the thought-provoking fight over their future. Drawing on original research in untapped archives, Heaney vividly portrays both a stunning landscape and the complex history of a fascinating region that continues to inspire awe and controversy today"--Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 985/.37
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Cradle of gold : the story of Hiram Bingham, a real-life Indiana Jones, and the search for Machu Picchu, Christopher Heaney
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [251]-275) and index
Control code
ocn226357184
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiv, 285 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780230611696
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2009038535
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)226357184
Label
Cradle of gold : the story of Hiram Bingham, a real-life Indiana Jones, and the search for Machu Picchu, Christopher Heaney
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [251]-275) and index
Control code
ocn226357184
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiv, 285 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780230611696
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2009038535
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)226357184

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