How old is Machu Picchu? We unveil the mystery

how old is machu picchu

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If you are thinking about visiting Peru soon it is mandatory that you do one of the tours in Cusco, in order to visit Machu Picchu. But… Do you know how old Machu Picchu is? 🤔

This incredible Inca city is one of the country’s biggest attractions. The mystery of its actual age has recently been unveiled and it turns out that it is older than previously thought. The history of Machu Picchu is crucial to understanding the development of civilizations.

An incredible discovery

A report published by the University of Cambridge has shown that we did not have the correct answer to the question how old is Machu Picchu? It seems that it had always been believed that Machu Picchu began to develop after the year 1440, but this is not so.

ruins of machu picchu

Researchers have shown that Machu Picchu has actually been occupied since 1420. This has been demonstrated through the analysis of 26 bone and tooth samples from the alleged “servants” of the Inca rulers.

How does one know?

This new research had a tool that had not been used before in this study. To find out the real age of Machu Picchu it was necessary to use the AMS technology.

This technology has made it possible to analyze even more thoroughly the human remains found in the area. Therefore it has been possible to specify when this Inca city has been inhabited.

Importance of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is considered as Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 1983. Also since 2007, it has become part of one of the new 7 Wonders of the Modern World. 🌎

arial view of old machu picchu

Certainly, imagine entering Machu Picchu and being able to contemplate and live all its history from the inside. Discover what its civilization was like and understand the history of Cuzco.

Now that you have the answer to the question of how old Machu Picchu is, we hope you feel like a true historian, and that you are willing to discover its history by diving into it. 👣

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