Machu Picchu, the secret of the Incas (France 5)

 Machu Picchu, the secret of the Incas (France 5)


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Of all the pre-Columbian archaeological sites, that of Machu Picchu in Peru is arguably the most famous. Its late discovery at the beginning of the 20th century and its exceptional state of preservation are the origin of this popularity. The show Large Format Science on France 5 devotes a new documentary to him on February 13.

Machu Picchu is an ancient abandoned city lost in the clouds and built by Incas. Archaeologists discovered these enigmatic remains over a century ago, but the true purpose of this site has long remained unknown. For archaeologist José Bastante, the answer lies in the ruins. These constructions, in an almost perfect state of conservation, are a compendium of Inca technology. According to the researchers the site would have been an imperial palace, a trade center and a temple intended to indicate the sacred cycles of the sun.

Some skeletons discovered in Machu Picchu present deformations, like curiously elongated skulls. Who were they? For a long time, researchers believed the Incas had no writing system, but anthropologist Sabine Hyland is beginning to decode mysterious objects made up of cords and knots. The quipus turned out to be a very sophisticated system that recorded accounting, biographical, and even storytelling information.

Machu Picchu, the secret of the Incas. Tuesday February 13 from 8:50 p.m. in Science Grand Format on France 5.


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