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ContentsPress release ................................................. 3On the tracks of the secret chamber .......... 4About Thierry Jamin .................................. 6About the Institute Inkari ........................... 7The team ....................................................... 9Contact ......................................................... 11Medias ........................................................... 12 Machu Picchu 2012 - www.mapi2012.com - Page 2
Press releaseA French-Peruvian-Spanish team discovers achamber (burial?) in Machu PicchuThanks to David Crespy’s intuition, a French En- In December 2011, Thierry and his team lodge an official requestgineer visiting the Machu Picchu in Peru, Thierry to the Ministry of Culture in Lima to perform electromagneticJamin, Archaeologist and Explorer, is about to resonances in order to confirm or not the existence of cavitiesmake a major discovery at the most visited ar- in the building basement. This license is granted few months later.chaeological site in South America. Carried out between the 9th and the 12th of April 2012, the elec-For more than fifteen years, Thierry Jamin, French Archaeologist tromagnetic resonances not only confirmed the presence of anand adventurer, explores the jungles of South Peru in every possible underground room but several! A staircase is detected, just behinddirection, searching for clues of the permanent presence of the the famous entrance. Two principal accesses seem to lead to dif-Incas in the Amazonian forest, and the legendary lost city of Paititi. ferent chambers including the principal square one. The differentAfter the discovery of about thirty incredible archeological sites, technics used by the French researcher(s), (Molecular Frequencieslocated in the North of the department of Cusco, between 2009 Discriminator) allow to highlight the presence of important ar-and 2011, which include several fortresses, burial and ceremonial, chaeological material, including deposits of metal and a large quan-centres, and small Inca cities composed by hundreds of buildings, tity of gold and silver!and many streets, passages, squares…, Thierry Jamin embarks onan incredible journey in Machu Picchu. Thierry Jamin is now preparing the next step: the opening of the entrance blocked by the Incas more than five centuries ago. TheA few months ago, Thierry Jamin and his team think they 22nd of May 2012, he officially presents to the Peruvian authoritieshave realized an extraordinary archaeological discovery a request for authorization which will allows his team to proceedin the Inca city discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. This with the opening of the burial chambers.discovery was made possible thanks to the testimony of aFrench engineer who lives in Barcelona-Spain, David Crespy. The project for “Machu Picchu 2012” is scheduled to extend overIn 2010, while he was visiting the lost city, David Crespy noticed in a six months period. At stake, an extraordinary archaeologicalthe heart of the city the presence of a strange «shelter», precisely treasure and new knowledge in the forgotten History of Incalocated at feet of one of the main buildings. For him, it doesn’t Empire. Soon you will see the Machu Picchu in a different way…make any doubt; he was looking at a «door», an entrance sealedby the Incas. In August, 2011, David Crespy, found by chance anarticle about Thierry Jamin and his work, in the French Newspaper,the “Figaro Magazine”. Immediately he decided to contact theFrench researcher.Thierry Jamin, who has investigated several burial sites in the Northof Cusco, listened carefully the story of David Crespy. Quickly,he was to confirm the facts behind the story. Accompanied byarchaeologists of the Regional Office of the Culture in Cusco, hewas able to visit the site several times. His preliminary findings areunequivocal: it is indeed an entrance, blocked by the Incas at anundetermined moment of History. This one is strangely similar toa burial site, such as the ones Thierry Jamin and his companionsoften find in the valleys of Lacco and Chunchusmayo. Machu Picchu 2012 - www.mapi2012.com - Page 3
On the tracks of the secret chamberIn 2010, while he was visiting the lost city, David Crespy noticed in A chamber (funeral?) hidden by the Incasthe heart of the city the presence of a strange «shelter», preciselylocated at feet of one of the main buildings, leading to a small In April 2012, the Peruvian Ministry of Culture give the green lightpath which is not used by tourists, not even by archaeologists. to Thierry Jamin’s team to perform a series of electromagneticFor him, it doesn’t make any doubt; he was looking at a «door», resonances designed to confirmed or not the existence of a funeralan entrance sealed by the Incas. In August, 2011, David Crespy, chamber in the building(s) basement no.02, Sector 02, Sub-Sectorfound by chance an article about Thierry Jamin and his work, in E, Unit 03 of the lost city (National Directorial Resolution no.144-the French Newspaper, the “Figaro Magazine”. Immediately he 2012-CPB-VMPCIC-/MC, dated 22 March 2012).decided to contact the French researcher. Carried out between the 9th and the 12th of April 2012, theThierry Jamin, who has investigated several burial sites in the North electromagnetic resonances confirmed the presence of one orof Cusco, listened carefully to the story of David Crespy. Quickly, several cavities underneath the building in question ! Thierryhe was to confirm the facts behind the story. Accompanied by Jamin’s team manage to locate, thanks to the use of their GPRarchaeologists of the Regional Office of the Culture in Cusco, he Golden King DPRP, the existence of two entrances behind thewas able to visit the site several times. His preliminary findings are famous door and get the 3D image of a staircase that leads to aunequivocal: it is indeed an entrance, blocked by the Incas at an chamber (funeral?).A few days later, the measurements made byundetermined moment of History. This one is strangely similar to the use of a “rover CII New Edition” and a CaveFinder confirma burial site, such as the ones Thierry Jamin and his companions the presence of steps, several underground cavities including aoften find in the valleys of Lacco and Chunchusmayo. large rectangular room.The general environment of this «door», located in the center of The GPR will also detect the presence of a large quantity of metal.one of the main buildings of the city, dominating the whole urban The use of a Molecular Frequencies Discriminator meanwhile willarea, confirmed to Thierry Jamin that it is undoubtedly a burial site highlight the presence of objects in gold and silver.of primary importance. Finally, the use of endoscopic cameras confirms the hypothesisWith the help of David Crespy, the French Archaeologist thinks that the stones and the backfill located at the entrance of thenow having localized the entrance of a major tomb (perhaps royal) building only had the function to hide a passage and not thein the heart of the city. The tradition and a few ancient chronicles, structural purpose. Very large empty spaces suggest the existencelike those written by Garcilaso de La Vega or Juan de Betanzos, of a mysterious corridor…report that Machu 4 achu2012 Picchu belonged to the panaka(lineage) of the emperor Pachacútec, the Inca who turned the small It seems that Thierry Jamin and his group were right. TheAndean State into the most powerful empire of the American resonances are definite. It is indeed an entrance, blocked by thecontinent. According to the traditions, he would have been buried Incas, to hide something of a major importance. Here lies maybein Machu Picchu. It is quite possible that this burial chamber is the main treasure of Machu Picchu.directly connected to this sovereign of the XVth century. It wouldbe a major event for Peru and Pre-Colombian America’s History. After handing over the research Final Report to the PeruvianIndeed, until now, no mummy of an Inca emperor has been Ministry of Culture (approved by the Ministry on the 5thever found. It would be an amazing discovery, with no historical September 2012 by a new Directorial Resolution), Thierry Jaminprecedent! is now preparing for the next step: the opening of the entrance blocked by the Incas more than five centuries ago. Machu Picchu 2012 - www.mapi2012.com - Page 4
The opening of the doorThe 22nd of May 2012, Thierry Jamin officially presents to thePeruvian authorities a request to proceed to the opening of thefuneral chambers. At stake, an extraordinary archaeological treasureand new knowledge on the Forgotten History of the Incas.Conducted by Thierry Jamin (Executive Director) and HilbertSumire (Official Director for the archaeological project), theoperation “MaPi 2012” benefits from the skills of the ArchitectVictor Pimentel, Director of Conservation project.The 5th of November 2012, by the Directorial Resolution no.826-2012-CPB-VMPCIC/MC, the persons in charge at theMinistry of Culture refuse Thierry Jamin and his Team the license.The Instituto Inkari – Cusco whole team is actually called up toobtain the reconsideration of the project.The operation « Machu Picchu 2012 » is scheduled to extend overa 6 months period.Soon you will see the Machu Picchu with new eyes… Machu Picchu 2012 - www.mapi2012.com - Page 5
Thierry JaminFrench archaeologist & explorer, graduated from the Universities Publicationsof Tours and Toulouse-France. Fascinated by the Inca civilization, Historia, « Spécial Archéologie, l’année des grandes découvertes »,he devoted his research, for fifteen years, to the study of the « Jeu de piste chez les Incas », N° 126, Juillet – Août 2010.permanent presence of the Incas in the Amazonian forest. After Thierry Jamin, « Pusharo, la memoria recobrada de los Incas »,many expeditions in the Peruvian Amazonian forests, he might Lima - Novembre 2007.now be closed from his ultimate goal: the «fantastic» lost city of Thierry Jamin, Pierre-Albert Ruquier, « L’Eldorado inca. A laPaititi. Thierry Jamin, President of the Inkari Institute of Cusco, is recherche de Païtiti », éd. Hugo & Cie, Paris - Novembre 2006.also the Executive Director of the project «Machu Picchu 2012». National Geographic, « Expédition au Pérou pour retrouver l’or des Incas », « Les aventuriers de la cité perdue », Vol. 13.2, N° 71 - Août 2005. Liens The Institute Inkari website: www.instituto-inkari.org The Gran Paititi’s explorers website: www.granpaititi.com The petroglyphs of Pusharo (in spanish): www.pusharo.com Machu Picchu 2012 - www.mapi2012.com - Page 6
The Institute Inkari - CuscoAfter numerous campaigns of searches, realized in association Within the framework of its annual campaigns of investigations,with the Peruvian authorities, Thierry Jamin and his companions the Inkari institute supports the local populations to improve theircreate in September, 2009, a first non-governmental organization living conditions within the framework of projects with characterdedicated to the scientific research. Around thirty exceptional cultural, economic and social : sanitary projects (constructions ofarchaeological discoveries will be thanks to them officialized, health centres), educational (construction of schools), agriculturalbetween 2009 and 2011, in the North of the department of Cusco. (organized by networks of distribution and of promotion of localAmong these, several necropolises, fortresses and numerous agricultural productions, etc.), projects of economic and touristmagnificent Inca citadels populated with hundreds of buildings, development (assistant to the construction of tracks, elaboration,tens of streets and places, etc. Thierry Jamin is persuaded, the implementation and promotion of organised trips in mind of themain city of its searches is not very far any more. united tourism, etc.), projects aiming at the protection and in the improvement of the natural environment, etc.Today, victim of his success, the French archaeologist has totransform, in January, 2012, his ancient associative structure into Within the framework of these projects of searches, the Inkaria more solid organization: the Instituto Inka of Investigación institute operates exclusively in the statutory legal frames Peruvian,& Revaloración Indígena, or the Instituto Inkari - Cusco. This in coordination with institutions and official administrations :non-governmental, non-profit organization has for main mission Ministry of Culture, Regional offices of Culture, Ministry of thethe scientific research, the protection and the development of Environment, National Service of the Natural Protected Areasarchaeological sites existing on the Peruvian national territory. (SERNANP), regional governments, municipalities, peasant communities, etc.Missions The results of the archaeological investigations of the groupThe missions of the Instituto Inka of Investigación and Inkari are published after every campaign within the framework ofRevaloración Indígena - Cusco (Instituto Inkari - Cusco) are a Final Report, with the Ministry of Culture and are the object ofto promote, to impulse and to realize programs of scientific publications regulars in the specialist publications and every publicresearch with archaeological andor anthropological character at the level nation and international.on the Peruvian national territory. His main axis of search is thestudy of the permanent presence of civilizations Inca and pre In these zones of exploration, the team of the Institute InkariInca in Amazonian forest and the search of their main centre of wants a dynamic element within the framework of an economicoccupation and expansion. The hypothesis of the existence of a and social development for the benefit of the isolated populations,major Amazonian archaeological centre, as that of the legendary avid for access to a justifiable improvement of centres them life, inlost city of Paititi, constitutes one of the main directions of the particular in health, educational, in ways of communication, accesssearches of Thierry Jamin and his group since 1998. The results to the electricity and to the drinking water, etc.of the last campaigns of exploration of the group Inkari go to thisdirection. For that purpose, the Inkari institute contributes to the organization and to the planning of economic and social projects by supportingBeing made, the Inkari institute also settled as objectives the actively the creation and the action of the other associations, theprotection of the pre Hispanic cultural, historic and archaeological local committees and the small or the micro companies begunheritage on the whole Peruvian territory by all the means. of municipal interest, within the framework of a production of economic activity susceptible to help in the development ofThe Inkari institute advises, supports, makes sensitive and trains to these populations : implementation of organised trips premises,the techniques of protection of the cultural heritage with the local constructions of inns, constructions of restaurants, developmentpopulations of its zones of searches, the economic resources of of craft activities, etc.which are very often very precarious. Machu Picchu 2012 - www.mapi2012.com - Page 7
In the educational sector, the Inkari institute supports the local To operate its missions of search and its social and culturalcommunities with the provincial, regional and central institutions projects, the Inkari institute uses all the legal means consideredto help in the construction and in the management of rural schools, as necessities. It seeks supports it economic and technical of thein the creation and the management of libraries of countryside, in Peruvian national institutions, but also that of any internationalthe access to the computing, to the Internet and in multi-media. institution avid to support its action. Private companies and Peruvian and international associations, as well as the privateThe Inkari institute also considers as a priority of its action plans individuals, can also contribute actively to the functioning thethe protection of the natural environment of the zones concerned Inkari institute.by its investigations. It supports, with the local communities and theregional, central and quite typical institutions of action to protect The Institute Inkari Europethe ecosystems. It supports and advises the local communitieswithin the framework of projects of reforestation, municipal Inkari Europe is a Law 1901 association, based in Toulouse, Francetown and country planning within the framework of basic works E.U., the main objective of which is to support the searches ofof water distribution or disposal of waste water, electrification, French the archaeologist and explorer Thierry Jamin in Peruviantransport or development of communications. Amazonia.In their request, the Inkari institute brings its advice in legal, The interface between the Instituto Inka of Investigación andtechnical and/or financial material to the local communities within Revaloración Indígena - Cusco (Instituto Inkari - Cusco) and thethe framework of an intensification of the management public Association Inkari Europe chaired by Didier Cujives, Mairie deand deprived of their institutions : legal, technical and/or financial Paulhac (31), Member of Midi-Pyrénées Régional Council has theadvice within the framework of economic and social projects, such principal task to raise some funding for the Machu Picchu 2012.as the construction of sanitary, educational, tourist infrastructures,etc.; legal, technical and/or financial advice within the framework Linksof the creation of small or micro companies; legal, technicaland/or financial advice within the framework of agricultural or The Institute Inkari website: www.instituto-inkari.orgindustrial projects of development (mines, fishing, fair tourism,etc.), of technological innovations, etc.; legal, technical and/or President of Inkari Europe,financial advice within the framework of the marketing of local Didier CUJIVESproducts in the regional, national level or in the export. Mobile: +33 (0)6 08 26 57 60 Mail: email@example.com ;In their request, the Inkari institute gives its legal service to local firstname.lastname@example.org and to their inhabitants for the defence of their rights: assistant to the access to the registers of properties buildings, Treasurer of Inkari Europe,,access to the justice, to the health, to the information, to the Mario MARTINEZdefence of their right citizens, etc. Tél.: +33 (0)1 74 13 47 25 - Mobile: +33 (0)6 87 03 28 30 Mail: email@example.com ;The Inkari institute defends the rights of the native populations firstname.lastname@example.org the first peoples. It subscribes categorically to the measuresestablished by the United Nations protecting the rights and theliberties of the native populations.Its actions of support come true in a frame of total equity, ofjustice and political and ideological independence. Its principlesof actions are the transparency and the respect absolved from theprofessional ethic, the only conditions to guarantee the efficiencyof the actions begun on the ground. Machu Picchu 2012 - www.mapi2012.com - Page 8
The teamHilbert Sumire Bustincio David Crespy Peruvian archaeologist, Director of French engineer based in Barce- research at Machu Picchu for the lona, David Crespy is the source of first step, in april 2012, he is the this incredible story. As possessed oficial director of the archaeologi- by the urge of knowing the answers cal project presented to the Peru- behind the mystery of this myste- vian Ministry of Culture (National rious «door», he funded the entire Register of Archaeologists N° BS first phase of this project and par- - 0855). ticipated, with the Inkari group, in the ground penetrating radar tests in April 2012. Quite a character!Víctor Armando Pimentel Gurmendi World-famous and recognized, it is Herbert Cartagena useless to present him ! The famous architect and the Peruvian conser- French-Peruvian explorer, Herbert vator Victor Pimentel (Register Cartagena has spent many years CAP N˚ 0080), participate to the searching for the lost city of Paititi. project «Machu Picchu 2012» as In 1979, his wife Nicole and him Director of Preservation. discovered the small Inca citadel of Mameria, in the middle of the vir- gin forest. He is the Coordinator,Daniel Ángel Merino Panizo with José, of the project «Machu Picchu 2012». Spanish archaeologist specialized in Publications : the study of archeological sites in Nicole et Herbert Cartagena, « À la recherche de Païtiti, cité perdue funerary context at the University du Pérou », in « Géo », N˚ 191, Paris, janvier 1995. Complutense of Madrid. Daniel Nicole & Herbert Cartagena, « Païtiti, dernier refuge des Incas », éd. Merino has participated in nume- Robert Laffont, Paris 1981. rous research projects in Mexico, Nicole & Herbert Cartagena, « Sur la piste des Incas », éd. Robert Belize, Guatemala and Peru, inclu- Laffont, Paris, 1975. ding the site of Chan Chan. Edward Valenzuela GilJosé Benigno Casafranca Montes Managing to Cusco of the TV production company Neviza, Ed- Vice-president of the Inkari Ins- ward is the official cameraman of titute of Cusco, José is retired Thierry Jamin’s team since 2009. from the National Police of Peru A really cross-country man and a for few years now. He fought for great professional ! He is a public fifteen years against the Shining relations manager to the Inkari Ins- Path and belonged to a rescue unit titute of Cusco and covered all the in the high mountains of Cusco. first stage of the operation «Machu Picchu 2012». Since 2009, he is the right hand ofThierry Jamin, the Coordinator & Head of Security and Logisticsof the project «Machu Picchu 2012». Machu Picchu 2012 - www.mapi2012.com - Page 9
Various Peruvian Archaeologists specialising in the studyof metals and burial place will join the group on site, butalso Anthropologists, Geologists, Petrologists, Curators, Sur-veyors, Civil Engineers, etc. It is also worth mentioning allThierry Jamin’s partners are based in France and work withhim in his usual research and this special operation in MachuPicchu.Alain Bonnet Alain is the manager of the com- munication agency Prodiris (www. prodiris.fr) and audiovisual produc- tion company Jungle Doc Produc- tions (www.jungledoc.com), that he leads with Thierry Jamin. Since 2003, he is in charge of Thierry Jamin’s public relations (websites,blogs, newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, etc.).Didier Cujives Mayor of the French town of Paul- hac, Ambassador of the Region of Midi-Pyrénées at the European Parliament. Didier Cujives is also the President of the NGO Inkari Europe, a Toulouse-based organi- zation dedicated to support Thierry Jamin’s research in Peru.Mario Martinez Treasurer of the NGO Inkari Eu- rope and a very active support of Thierry Jamin’s research. Machu Picchu 2012 - www.mapi2012.com - Page 10
MEDIASAll stages of this incredible adventure were photographed and filmed in High Definition.Pictures 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16Captions:1. General view of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Toward the centre of the picture, to the left, the building of our research and the mysterious entrance dominate the urban area. (Photo: Thierry Jamin, September 2011)2. The Inca Pachacutec. Detail of the statue on the main square in Aguas Calientes. (Photo: Thierry Jamin, September 2011)3. General view of Building 02, Sector 02, sub-sector E, Unit 03 in the urban section of the Machu Picchu.The mysterious entrance is hidden on the east side at the base of the building facing Putucusi.(Photo: Thierry Jamin, September 2011)4. Perspective of the mysterious entrance. (Photo: Thierry Jamin, September 2011)5. Close up view of the entrance towards the cavities located by Thierry Jamin and his team in April 2012. (Photo: Thierry Jamin, April 2012)6. General view of the building «upper level» at the foot of which The French Engineer David Crespy has located the mysterious «door»(Photo: Thierry Jamin, April 2012)7. The Archaeologist Thierry Jamin in front of the entrance towards the chambers (burial?), located in April 2012.(Photo: Thierry Jamin, April 2012) Machu Picchu 2012 - www.mapi2012.com - Page 12
8. The electromagnetic resonances. In the foreground, the Engineer Ricardo Tamaki studying the basement of the building using a Discriminator of Molecular Frequencies. Behind him Daniel Merino and Herbert Cartagena from the Inkari Institute - Cusco un- der the close supervision of 4 Archaeologists from the Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu.(Photo: Thierry Jamin, April 2012)9. The electromagnetic resonances. Under the watch of Jose Casafranca, the vice-president of Institute Inkari - Cusco, the technician Freddy Mamani Sutta confirms the presence of underground cavities in the basement of the building through the magnetometre of the GPR Rover II New Edition. (Photo: Thierry Jamin, April 2012)10. Ricardo Tamaki (right) and Mario Escobar (left), from the group Escobard, Lima, use a super sensor to detect the presence or not of cavities in the basement of the building. In the background, David Crespy and Daniel Merino observe carefully the scene. (Photo: Thierry Jamin, April 2012)11. Equipped with the GPR Golden King DPRP, Ricardo Tamaki performs a horizontal scan from the entrance in the direction of the subterranean chambers.. (Photo: Thierry Jamin, April 2012)12. The Archaeologist Thierry Jamin installs the GPR Cave Finder to confirm the existence of subterranean chambers. (Photo: Thierry Jamin, April 2012)13. 3D modelling of a staircase leading to the main chamber. The picture was obtained by the GPR Golden King DPRP. (Photo: Thierry Jamin, April 2012)14. The Spanish Archaeologist Daniel Merino executing the sketch of Building 2. (Photo: Thierry Jamin, April 2012)15. From left to right, the technician Freddy Mamani Sutta, and the Archaeologists Thierry Jamin and Daniel Merino, studying the surprising results obtained by the Rover II New Edition. (Photo: Thierry Jamin, April 2012)16. David Crespy and Thierry Jamin in front of the famous entrance. What archaeological secrets does it sheltered ?(Photo: Thierry Jamin, April 2012)These photographs can be downloaded as zip file at the following address:www.machupicchu-2012.com/presse/photos.zip - Size: 100 Mo.They are protected under the author rights and can only be used for illustration of an article of news, the texts are written by ThierryJamin, executive director of the project and pictures’ author. All published articles have to be reported to Alain Bonnet(+33 7 70 90 9555 - email@example.com).VideosThe first visits of the door in September 2011, the resonances in April 2012 and the future campaign for the opening of the door werefilmed or will be filmed by the cameraman from the Institute Inkari film - CuscoTo use the images as part of topical subject you can contact Alain Bonnet(+33 7 70 90 95 55 - firstname.lastname@example.org). Machu Picchu 2012 - www.mapi2012.com - Page 13