Cradle of Gold: The Story of Hiram Bingham, the Real Indiana Jones, and the Search for Machu Picchu
In 1911, a young Peruvian boy led an American explorer and Yale historian named Hiram Bingham into the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. Hidden amidst the breathtaking heights of the Andes, this settlement of temples, tombs and palaces was the Incas' greatest achievement. Tall, handsome, and sure of his destiny, Bingham believed that Machu Picchu was the Incas’ final
Two hours into the hike, the explorer and his two escorts came across a grass-covered hut. A pair of Indian farmers walked them a short way before ha ...more
This book narrates the adventure (and misadventures) of Yale University professor Hiram Bingham in the 1911 discovery of Machu Picchu, currently one of the most popular tourist spots in the Americas. With the help of Peruvian scholars like Carlos Romero and local informants like Juan Quispicusi, Bigham found Vitcos and Espiritu Pampa, scenes of the final moments of Manco Inca, Titu Cusi, and Tupac Arnaru, three of the important and tragic figures in ...more
It made me think about how people in the past lived, the secrets and artefacts left behind and what we could find out from these. I guess I loved the mystery of it all and the sense of adventure in rediscovering something that had been lost for such a long time.
It also inspired my life-long desire to visit Per ...more
It's really a pity, because Hiram Bingham's story should be presented in the interesti ...more
Reading this on the heels of "Lost City of Z" gave me a good chance to compare the life trajectories of two gentleman explorers, Brit Percy Fa ...more
Once the story began talking about the political and legal battles that went on between Peru, Yale, and Hiram Bingham, somehow things got a little jumbled and hard to follow, and I did feel my interest falling off a bit. I was a little disappointed in this. I ...more
I like how he brings up the debate about whether or not museums in the US should have as many artifacts from other countries as it does. Heaney accredits his being able to see things in museums as one of the reasons he was inspired to ...more
The book excels at pointing out the failures of early Western archaeology, particularly in some practioners' aims to prove white superiority. It also succ ...more
"Cradle of Gold" is well written, interesting, and a good primer about how Bingham made Machu Picchu world famous. He would later enter politics and became a Governor and U.S. Senator from Connecticut.
This was also excellent. Full of excitement, wonder, passion, gold, rocks, indigenous and otherwise, curses, all the things history needs!
I really enjoyed learning more about the background behind the "discovery" of Machu Picchu, as well as the politics that still go on with the items that were unearthed. Hiram Bingham was an interesting person.
This is a biography/history story.
Wow, no wonder the Peruvians were so angry at Bingham and Yale's Peabody Museum for nearly 100 years.