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Machu Picchu | The Legend of Tampu Tocco

The age of the incredible stone ruins found in a number of locations across Peru are often the source of debate between academics and independent researchers. Are they Inca or are they in fact much older?

In this video I'm looking at the Legend of Tampu Tocco and how this place ties in with the origins of the Inca and Machu Picchu.

The incredible structures we see across Peru are of course made of stone, but that means we can’t accurately date it and although it isn’t hard to see the different styles and phases of development at places such as Machu Picchu and Cuzco itself, the official narrative is still that all the ruins we see are Inca.

There is no doubt that the Inca built on a large scale at Machu Picchu but most independent researchers believe that some of the stonework was created by much earlier people – the ancient ancestors of the Inca, but because of the problems with dating stonework, we sadly can’t prove this theory.

The great explorer of the early 20th century, Hiram Bingham, who is remembered for re-discovering Machu Picchu also believed the theory that the origins of the settlement pre-dated the Inca.

In Bingham’s 1913 book: “The Work Accomplished by the Peruvian Expedition of 1912”, he explains an important Ancient Inca Tradition about the ancestral home known as Tampu Tocco, which he and others believe was actually Machu Picchu.

Does Machu Picchu have early origins? Earlier than the 80 years stated by academics? And what ties Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Inca to Tiwanaku and Pumapunku in Bolivia? Watch the video to find out.

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