Still thinkin' about this sometimes.
Local people: what, that? Yeah we've known that was there since always. It's right over there. Have fun.
Some rich white dude:
Some rich white dude: ᶦ ᵈᶦˢᶜᵒᵛᵉʳᵉᵈ ᵗʰᶦˢ
@tan archaeology was invented by white people
1. AFP tweet:
2. Section from article:
In 1911 American historian and explorer Hiram Bingham traveled the region looking for the old Inca capital and [circled section in image] was shown to Machu Picchu by a local farmer.[/end circled section] Bingham brought Machu Picchu to international attention and [...]
also, Wikipedia offers some names:
In https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machu_Picchu - "First American expedition" section:
At Mandor Pampa, Bingham asked farmer and innkeeper Melchor Arteaga if he knew of any nearby ruins. Arteaga said he knew of excellent ruins on the top of Huayna Picchu. The next day, 24 July, Arteaga led Bingham and Sergeant Carrasco across the river on a log bridge and up the Huayna Picchu mountain. At the top of the mountain, they came across a small hut occupied by a couple of Quechua, Richard and Alvarez, who were farming some of the original Machu Picchu agricultural terraces that they had cleared four years earlier. Alvarez's 11-year-old son, Pablito, led Bingham along the ridge to the main ruins.
The ruins were mostly covered with vegetation except for the cleared agricultural terraces and clearings used by the farmers as vegetable gardens. Because of the vegetation, Bingham was not able to observe the full extent of the site. He took preliminary notes, measurements, and photographs, noting the fine quality of Inca stonework of several principal buildings. Bingham was unclear about the original purpose of the ruins, but decided that there was no indication that it matched the description of Vitcos.:141, 186–187
@packbat Thanks for both the captions and wiki excerpt!
@tan glad to be of service!
@tan colonizers don't know what discovered means
And here I was thinking ms and mr smith discovered the sight in 2015 on their holidays
@tan "Discovered" by western people, while the local population knew about it for a while.
@phildobangnz yeah! There's a wiki excerpt by someone in the replies of the toot and like, there was someone living there and farming on the terrace things already lmao
Some day writers will realize that discover =\= "made aware of"
AFP can discover my ass
According to the mainstream economical explanation:
Added value. These were only ruins of no value until Mr. Bingham "introduced them" to the western market. Now they are attractions.
Example: A Western PR intern earns more than a worker at the luxury automobile plant in the East. It is said because the intern adds more value to the product with fetching coffee than the worker with welding. 👨🏭💸👩💼
Is the added value hypothesis incorrect? I don't think so. Merely overly simplistic.
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