Machu Picchu Artifact Collection
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Casa Concha Museum, Cuzco, Peru
Rare and extraordinary Incan artifacts excavated at Machu Picchu, Peru, during the Hiram Bingham Expedition of 1912 under the Auspices of Yale University and the National Geographic Society, have returned to Peru after a 100 year sojourn. View the exhibit at La “Casa Concha” built in 1710 by Don Diego Concha y Salvatierra on the temple remains of Pucamarka, Tupac Inca Yupanqui Palace, Cusco, Peru.
Even though Machu Picchu is justifiably a wonder of the world, Cuzco was the imperial center, the place where the Incas carried out their finest architecture and worked out the daily details of their splendid life at the center of the universe. Now, with the opening of the Casa Concha Museum, we have a chance to appreciate this city as well as the wonders of Inca Pachacutec’s marvel. The Casa Concha, a colonial mansion with its own history, including being part of Inca Yupanqui’s palace called Pukamarka, has been carefully restored and is the home of the collection of artifacts returned from Yale gathered by the fabled explorer and Hiram Bingham. That collection was much fought over and in 2011, Yale University agreed to re-patriate the collection to Peru. The collection has become the center of a new institute for the study of Machu Picchu, as well as Inca society and culture. The scientific information on Machu Picchu has been scattered and often only available to specialists.
HAND-WARMER OF THE INKA
Was the green/black serpentine stone from Machu Picchu used as an ancient form of heating? These hot rocks conduct body heat and will stay warm for long periods of time when in contact with the human body. Held in the hand to heat, and then placed under the body, most stay warm for long periods of time when in contact with the skin. Leading one to believe that they were keep handy, and used often. Were these smooth flat stones the hand-warmer of the Inka?