From Goodreads: “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.”
Although Machu Picchu had been visited by outsiders before, it was Hiram Bingham, sponsored by Yale University, that made it famous. His discoveries, notes and excavated Inca relics were treasures to the scientific world. The question that eventually became preeminent was “who owns these treasures?” For almost 100 years, Yale University claimed the rights to Peruvian national heritage.
Cradle of Gold was a terrific narrative of an exciting time in exploration and discovery, and also a interesting commentary on the purview of property rights.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2010
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