Machu Picchu vs. Caral

Machu Picchu

Thousands of feet above sea level, a majestic settlement perches on a mountaintop. Built in the fifteenth century, Machu Picchu is an engineering feat and an architectural marvel of the Inca Empire. The complex, however, was relatively short-lived and Machu Picchu was abandoned when the Spanish conquered the Inca in the sixteenth century. Will Machu Picchu's ArchaeoMadness success be brief as well?


Located on a desert terrace overlooking the valley of the Supe River in Central Peru, Caral is 5,000 years old and one of the oldest cities in the Americas. The site includes six large pyramidal structures and, to date, archaeologists have been unable to find evidence of warfare at Caral. Can such a peaceful place rumble on in this year’s ArchaeoMadness competition?

Machu Picchu
82 votes
16 votes
Total votes: 98

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