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The Growing Threat of Archaeonudists*

I’ve dreamed of visiting Macchu Picchu, but never once have I thought to myself, “I can’t wait to get to Macchu Picchu to unleash my breast!” What are some other sites that you know of that are addressing this issue?

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Machu Picchu from Wikipedia.
Machu Picchu from Wikipedia.

I spend a lot of time thinking about threats to the global archaeological record, but, until today, I was unaware that public nudity at famous sites is such a threat. Granted, naked people don’t damage the physical integrity of the sites. It just, understandably, makes other visitors uncomfortable. And, evidently, it has gotten to be a serious enough problem at Machu Picchu that an official from Peru’s Ministry of Culture publicly commented:

“There are places in the world that people can get naked, but not all places are (appropriate) for getting undressed” (Alfred Mormontoy Atayupanqui to CNN).

I think we can get considerable cross-cultural agreement with that statement. But then Atayupanqui adds, “Tourists should comply with local rules and regulations when they are traveling, otherwise there will be thousands of problems.” As if traipsing naked through archaeological monuments is accepted in Canada and Australia…

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