The “Machu Picchu” Project Continues… Toggle

Despite the controversies and maneuvers of all kinds to prevent Thierry Jamin and his group from continuing their project consisting in opening the burial chambers discovered under the “Temple of The Three Doors” in April 2012, the team of the Inkari Insitute – Cusco submited again their project on June 13, 2013 at the Ministry of Culture. Still led by the archaeologist from Cusco Hilbert Sumire Bustincio, it is registered under reference N° 023078 – 2013.

During the months of July and August 2013, the project titled “Proyecto de Investigación Arqueológica (Con Excavación). Apertura de Vano de Acceso Tapiado del recinto 02, del Sector II, Sub Sector E, Unidad 03, del Sector Urbano de la Ciudadela Inka de Machu Picchu” (“Archaeological Research Project (With Excavation). Open access Vano of Walled enclosure 02 Sector II, Sub Sector E, Unit 03 from the Urban Sector of the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu“) is again evaluated in the relevant and competent services.

In late August, “Machu Picchu” is declared inadmissible because of the call in progress from the decision of November 5, 2012 and presented by Thierry Jamin and Daniel Merino in December 2012. But the case dawdles. Despite the legal deadlines, Justice does not advance. Local officials of the Ministry of Culture are obviously looking to save time and to let the situation deteriorate.

In late August 2013, Thierry Jamin addressed a full copy of “Machu Picchu Project” to Gérard Borras, Director of the French Institute of Andean Studies, for a technical review of the proposed research. Mr. Borras promised to submit the project to his specialists. The French explorer will not be disappointed!

In September 2013, a team of archaeologists from the National Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu performed various measurements and multiple scanners of the “Temple of the Three Doors” and the entrance discovered by David Crespy in February 2010. French tourists, present that day there, watched the scene and took photos. Some rumors suggested a project presented by the leaders of the Machu Picchu park to open the underground chambers. A project that is rival with the one of the Inkari Institute.

Since the controversies, the access to the entrance leading to the cavities discovered by Thierry Jamin and his group in April 2012 is prohibited. A sign indicates “Obras de trabajo” (“road work“) and it is impossible to approach the site.

On October 03, 2013, Gérard Borras, Director of the IFEA, addressed to Thierry Jamin a two-pages document serving as a “technical assessment” of the “Machu Picchu Project”. In the first page, Mr. Borras said that “we agreed to an evaluation of your project by our archaeologist experts“. You will find their comments on the attached document [the document in question is only one page!]. Their analyzes conducted with utmost objectivity and professionalism seriously invalidate the file. Therefore, we cannot provide with any scientific or logistical support to your project“.

It’s a real cold shower! Talking about a “professional and rigorous technical evaluation” (sic), the document clearly shows that no serious studies have been conducted on the project. Inaccuracies and technical errors of the so-called “experts” prove that no specialist of the IFEA really addressed the issue.

Internet users and archaeology professionals can see for themselves this “technical report” in the “Documents” section of this website. It seems that these “experts” based their affirmations solely on the booklet “Machu Picchu 2012” of the project presentation for the medias and project partners.

On November 27, 2013, Thierry Jamin sent a long letter to Mr. Borras in which he reviewed point by point the “technical assessment” conducted by the IFEA “experts“.

Everyone could make his own opinion conscientiously…

At the same time, amid mounting controversies, some of which involved the result in itself of the geo-radars, David Crespy used Internet to contact on November 5, 2013, officials of the OKM company (manufactuer of the Rover C New Edition and of the Cave Finder). Were the results obtained by our team very reliable? Were the cavities identified by our instruments real?

Here is the letter (in English in its original version) of Crespy to OKM, in which David confesses his doubts to them. He attached a to the letter a full copy of the diagnostic made by the engineer Freddy Suta with OKM machinery:

Hello OKM team,
My name is David Crespy, I live in Spain and I am the General Manager of a Division of the Canadian based company Magna. I have recently been involved in an archeological research program in Machu Picchu. The team used - among others - one of your equipment, the CaveFinder, to detect potential cavities in a specific area of the Inca city. Here is the report of the external company who performed the exploration: And here is an extract from the web page of OKM – Emirates.
You will certainly agree with me that your picture is identical to the ones presented in the report. I only see 2 possibilities at this stage, either the author of the report took pictures from your website, either OKM-Emirates decided to use a picture from the Machu Picchu search to illustrate the capabilities of the CaveFinder. If this is the case, I think the owner of the picture, Inkari (Cusco), would have no problem to give you the right to use the photo in your website provided that you indicate the origin of the picture. If there is an other explanation, please let me know. I thank you in advance for your prompt feedback. Best Regards
David Crespy,
General Manager

The same day, officials of OKM responded to David. They come to carefully review the technical report of Freddy Suta. For them, the results obtained at Machu Picchu by the team of Hilbert Sumire and Thierry Jamin go beyond doubts. Cavities do exist. Let us listen to them:

"Dear David,
Thank you for your email and bringing your concerns to our attention. We have reviewed the pictures based on your provided report and do not see identical scans, but only similarities amongst the scans. Furthermore, please be informed that the images used on our homepage have been taken by our exploration team. 
Nevertheless, scans with the Cavefinder do look very similar in case there is a "hit", hence I would not say that your cooperating company is copying pictures either. We hope this clarifies.
Best regards. 
OKM Emirates."

Response of David Crespy the same day:

"Dear OKM-Emirates team,
Thank you very much for your prompt answer. Your response fully clarifies my doubts. Please find attached a link to the exploration made last year in Machu Picchu with different instruments including several equipment's from OKM:
What do you think about the discovery and the photos in the report ? The area seems to be quite complex with a lot of cavities (tunes and caves) and for sure what seems to be a buried chamber. We are actually fighting to get the permissions to open the conduct.Do not hesitate to give me some inputs about the pictures in the report, I would be very interested to get your expert view.
Thank you in advance.
Best Regards.
David Crespy"

Response of OKM, the same day:

"Dear David,
Thank you for your email. Reviewing your provided scans, many scans show very clear cavities. Furthermore, did you use any other machine to look for metal/ treasures ? It looks like there has not been much discovered/ emptied at the temple yet, hence there is chance of finding some really nice targets. Would be great to see some more pictures.
Best regards. 
OKM Emirates."

New reply from David Crespy to OKM:

"Dear OKM-Emirates team,
Yes, we used an other equipment from Nokta (the Golden King). Here is the report, showing a corridor from the door to the burial chamber. The red color of the corridor indicates the presence of metal/gold/silver inside:
We obtained a lot of other indications about the presence of gold/silver disclosed in the map at the end of the report. So you are right, the spot seems to be totally virgin, as let originally by the Inca's when they abandoned the city. It is a tremendous and very surprising discovery !
Unfortunately, we are team of private persons and would need to find some sponsors to help us supporting the long road to get all permits and then handle the opening project. So if you know somebody / some company interested, let me know. For sure the opening event would have a large publicity in South America and in the rest of the world. I hope ! :-)
Best Regards.
David Crespy
General Manager"

OKM, one of the world leaders in the manufacture of geo-radars, well confirms to David Crespy the results of the electromagnetic resonances performed at Machu Picchu in April 2012 by the Inkari team. The findings are real. The company is so convinced that it will even use these discoveries on its website to promote the Rover C New Edition and the CaveFinder…

December 2013, the Chamber of Commerce and Development of Peru (DIRCETUR) awarded the Inkari Institute “El Inka Dorado Award” in recognition for the best scientific research project for the “Machu Picchu Project 2013“.

January 7, 2014. Mr. Gérard Borras, Director of the IFEA, replied to the letter of Thierry Jamin, dated November 27, 2013. Without repeating Thierry’s technique of observations, the Director’s response appears more polite and diplomatic. The case of Machu Picchu has become a political case. Peru is free to work with whomever it wants…

On January 10, 2014, Thierry Jamin presented an official letter to the Ministry of Culture in which his team abandoned the approaches in Appeal on decision of November 05, 2012. The letter is registered at the Ministry on January, 29, 2014, under reference N° 023078-2013.

On April 14, 2014, the Ministry of Culture, through its Resolución Directoral N° 177 – 2014 – DGPA – VMPCIC / MC, validated the abandonment of actions for annulment of the Resolución Directoral of November 5, 2012.

On July 14, 2014, the Inkari Institute – Cusco resubmited again and officially a research project, led by Peruvian archaeologist Hilbert Bustincio Sumire, whose objective is the opening of underground cavities discovered in April 2012 and the study of archaeological material contained in the possible burial chambers. The project is registered under reference N° 029622 – 2014.

The project has expanded. The international organization Restorers Without Borders is ready to participate in excavations. And the American anthropologist Haagen Klaus Dietrich, from the George Mason University (Virginia, USA), joined the group as a specialist in the study or organic funerary material.

During the months of July and August 2014, the “Machu Picchu Project” of the Inkari team – Cusco went again in the different departments of the Ministry of Culture. In recent weeks, a technical Commission is again created in Cusco. So it is to the Regional Directorate of Culture of Cusco to issue or not the authorization and permit research to Thierry Jamin’s team. Obviously, the project must also be subject of a technical opinion by officials of the National Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

On September 04, 2014, the Regional Direction of Culture of Cusco addressed a letter to the Inkari Institute, under reference N° 1306 – 2014 – UACGD – DDC – CUS / MC. The letter was accompanied by a Resolución Directoral N° 634 – DDC – CUS / MC, dated September 02, 2014 by which the application for authorization of the Inkari Institute – Cusco, for opening underground cavities discovered in April 2012 was again rejected.

This time, the reason mentioned is this: the Inkari project is declared inadmissible because of the existence of a “project competitor” directed by archaeologist José Miguel Bastante Abuhadba and of course supported by the National Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Entitled “Programa de Investigaciones Arqueológicas e Interdisciplinarias en el Santuario Histórico de Machupicchu – PIAISHM“, it would have been approved for a period of three years and provides the conduct of research with excavations in fifteen sectors of Machu Picchu. One can easily imagine that among the sectors identified, there is – coincidentally! – the famous “Temple of the Three Doors“…


On September 29, 2014, Thierry Jamin delivered to the Regional Directorate of Culture – Cusco a request for obtaining legalized copies of the “technical reports“, memorandums of the famous project “competitor” and of the Resolución Directoral authorizing its execution. Some rumors, emanating directly from the Regional Directorate of Culture – Cusco argue, in fact, at the time of the evaluation of the Inkari Project, the one of archaeologist José Miguel bastante Abuhadba was not approved yet. contrary to the claims made in the “Resolución” of September 02, 2014. The Inkari Project, presented on July 14, would then have the anteriority. Officials from the Decentralized Directorate of the Ministry of Culture had seven working days to notify the Inkari Institute – Cusco the documents requested.

It was only on October 27, 2014 that Thierry Jamin and his group finally received a copy of the “technical reports requested. This is a real surprise!

A first report, N° 148 – 2014 – JMBA – RPIAISHM – PANM – DDC – CUS / MC, dated August 7, 2014 says “non-viable” for the Machu Picchu Project of the Inkari Institute – Cusco due to the existence of a project “competitor“, presented by the same officials of the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Destined for Fernando Astete Victoria, this report was written by archaeologist José Miguel Bastante Abuhadba (COARPE N° 040281), who is precisely co-director of the famous project!

One would have the right to ask who is the bias and the duty of fairness of the local officials from the Ministry of Culture. How can we be judges and jury to assess the project presented by the Inkari Institute in an objective and professional manner?

In another “Technical Report”  N° 350 – 2014 – PANM – DDC – CUS / MC dated August 11, 2014, archaeologist Piedad Champi Monterroso stated that “al respecto esta jefatura hace suyo el informe N° 148 – JMBA – RPIASHM – PANM – DDC – CUS / MC presentado por el lic. José Miguel Bastante Abuhadba, donde sustenta de manera tecnica y ojetiva los trabajos de investigación arqueológica e interdisciplinaria, previstas para ser ejecutadas en él ámbito del Santuario Histórico de Machupicchu, periodo 2014 – 2017” (“about this leadership endorsed report N° 148 – JMBA – RPIASHM – PANM – DDC – CUS / MC presented by lic. José Miguel Bastante Abuhadba and support on a objective and technical manner the archaeological work and interdisciplinary research, scheduled to be executed in the field of Machupicchu, 2014-2017 period“).

Naturally, the one and the other “forget” to mention that the famous “archaeological and interdisciplinary research” project was presented…by themselves! A new tribute to the professionalism of these archaeologists…

Based on these two “Technical Reports“, archaeologist Sabino Quispe Serrano, attaché to the Dirección de Coordinación de Calificación de Intervenciopnes Arqueológicas, drafted the Report N° 451 – 2014 – CCIA – AFPA – SDDPCDPC – DDC – CUS / MC dated August 13, 2014, in which he declared “Improcedente” (unfair) the archaeological research project presented by Thierry Jamin and the Inkari Institute – Cusco.

Et Voilà, dear Internet users and friends, how we bury a project!

Of course, Thierry Jamin and the Inkari Institute – Cusco could again appeal the decision of the Decentralized Directorate of the Ministry of Culture of Cusco by denying them the authorization and permit (license) to search based on criterias totally biased and contrary to the most basic professional ethics.

It seems clear that this incredible discovery made at Machu Picchu in April 2012 by the Inkari Institute has become a political issue. The current official in Peru will never allow Thierry Jamin and his companions to perform the opening of the burial chambers located underneath the famous “Temple of the Three Doors“.

We hope that, through these very factual explanations, Internet users around the world, Peruvians politicians and professionals of archaeological research will have an objective view of what really happened in this incredible “Machu Picchu Affair”.

The more than questionable behavior and total lack of professional ethics from the officials of the Regional Directorate of Culture – Cusco at the time, and the National Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is not a credit for the Peruvian archaeological research.

We do hope that History will eventually restore the truth and do justice to Thierry Jamin, David Crespy, Hilbert Sumire and all the Inkari Team. Time will tell…