Strange Artifact Recovered At Machu Picchu Exposes One Of History's Darkest Practices
Adventurers have squandered many lives and fortunes tracking down lost civilizations, and despite every fake and failure, the rare successes make all the risks worthwhile. That was certainly the case for these stunning South American ruins. Since their modern rediscovery, thousands of visitors have taken in the stone monoliths and awe-inspiring vistas. But now that the community's macabre origins are becoming impossible to ignore, what does the future hold for this mountaintop oasis?
Every year, thousands of tourists from around the world flock to the Andes Mountains in Peru. They spend days traversing the rugged terrain — not exactly an ideal vacation for most. But the trek is all worth it in the end.
Machu Picchu skyline
Atop the mountain range, the travelers reach the iconic skyline of Machu Picchu. This breathtaking settlement may take the cake as the most beautiful sight in the world. Oddly enough, however, history entirely forgot its existence for centuries.
The famed Inca Empire constructed Machu Picchu in the 15th century. 50 miles north of their capital city of Cuzco, the site displayed their immense wealth and technology. Of course, that prosperity attracted more foes than the Incas could handle.
Seeking gold and Catholic converts, Spaniard Francisco Pizarro swept through South America in 1532. While the native peoples vastly outnumbered the conquistadors, Pizarro had guns and horses on his side.