Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Cusco: Casa Concha, Museo Machupicchu

Yale hanger-on and self-promoter extraordinaire Hiram Bingham "discovered" Machu Picchu in 1911, and is still widely honored for his feat. Of course, he was led there by locals and employed the families living there to help clear the land and chart the "lost city of the Incas." It is all bullshit, of course, although it is what American tourists want to hear. At President Obama's urging, Yale recently returned some of the artifacts looted by Bingham and his associates, and they are housed in the Casa Concha museum. Of course, Bingham is still glorified there, but, for a variety of reasons, the museum still is eminently worth visiting. It's complicated.

The introductory film...a very bitter-sweet memory for me...

Mostly, it's about Bingham

Great historical photos


Many colorized

Today's quipu

Seriously helpful model

Maybe best ever

Incan textile

Perhaps the best reason for visiting Casa Concha is this, the
interactive tour of the Machu Picchu site, done by Yale and
Cal State/Hayward; it allows you to travel the site, enlarge pix,
hear from scholars, look at historical pix--an incredible
virtual tour that would enhance any tour


Pretty incredible dioramae

Actual grave fnds

Not to forget, the building was once someone's palace

Incan stonework

So there we were, wandering into what might have been a
gift shoppe, and there is the guy from YouTube that Rebecca
sent us a Twisted Sifter post about...of course we bought
Penelope one of the bird flutes...amazing stuff...

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