100 Years and Counting

Machu Picchu exhibit

Photos of Peru’s famed Incan ruins on display at KSU through Dec. 14 More than 40 original…

Georgia (Dec 6, 2011)

Photos of Peru’s famed Incan ruins on display at KSU through Dec. 14

More than 40 original photographs capturing the discovery and excavation of the majestic 15th-century Incan city of Machu Picchu by explorer Hiram Bingham 100 years ago will be on display at Kennesaw State University through Dec. 14. 

The National Geographic exhibit features rare photos — many of them taken by Bingham himself — of the explorer’s South American expeditions from 1911 to 1915.  They represent the world’s first view of the pre-Columbian mountaintop refuge considered one of the world’s most important archaeological finds. 

The Kennesaw State showing is the first Southeastern stop for the exhibit, which is sponsored locally by the Consulate General of Peru in Atlanta, in conjunction with the university’s “Year of Peru.”

Bingham, then a 35-year-old Latin American history professor at Yale University, cleared, mapped and photographed the so called “lost Incan city” during three expeditions to Peru that were funded by National Geographic and Yale.  The KSU exhibit presents a sampling of Bingham’s panoramic black and white photographs of the intricate stonework, portraits of workmen and scenes along the route to Machu Picchu.

The exhibit is located at The Commons, 2nd floor.  Admission is free.  However, guests who do not wish to dine in The Commons can join the free evening tour Monday through Thursday at 6 p.m. KSU graduate students Sean Fleming and Juan Trejo will meet tour participants each evening in The Commons’ foyer. 


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