New discovery at Machu Picchu

Archaeologists have made a fascinating discovery at the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru. A tomb, thought to belong to a high ranking member of the Inca Empire, has been uncovered in a cave at the archaeological complex and is creating more intrigue around this ‘lost city’ of the Incas.

The tomb is strategically placed on a hill facing the wall of Machu Picchu, indicating the importance of the person buried inside. Specialists are examining the tomb but have not found any bones or ornaments inside which is due to raiding that took place at Machu Picchu before the site was conserved and protected.

American explorer, politician and professor, Hiram Bingham rediscovered the site in 1911 and since then Machu Picchu is now protected and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The newly discovered tomb will eventually be restored in order to be accessible to visitors.

Machu Picchu is the leading tourism attraction in Peru and it is estimated that in 2012 over a million travellers will visit the site.  It is now regarded as one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites,  and a ‘New Seven Wonder of the Modern World’.

Australian visitors can book trips to Peru and Machu Picchu with tour operators in Australia.  Tickets for entry to the site can also be purchased in advance at the online booking portal: http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/

For more information on Peru please visit www.peru.travel

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