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The Mystery of Machu Picchu and the Mason Who Discovered It

Most of us have enjoyed watching the cinematic adventures in the Indiana Jones film franchise. In the first of the film series, Professor Jones, a seemingly mild-mannered university professor of archeology, finds himself deep in a jungle searching for lost treasure which he is hoping to share with the world in his university’s museum. You know the rest : booby-traps galore, poison darts, villains around every corner trying to steal the historic artifacts, and death-defying escapes.

While the fictional Indiana Jones adventures are thrilling – the real life story of an unknown Inca settlement which had been a hidden mystery for over five centuries was discovered in 1911 by a professor from Yale University, Hiram Bingham lll.

Bingham, a member