Artifacts to be Returned to Peru

by admin on February 24, 2011

After a long controversy, Yale University in New Haven, CT (USA) will be returning priceless artifacts to Peru that have been in their possession for a century. The artifacts were taken by Yale historian Hiram Bingham on three trips after he rediscovered Machu Picchu in 1911. Bingham was backed by the National Geographic Society, and took many crates of artifacts to the United States. The artifacts had been on display in Yale’s Peabody Museum. The Peruvian government argued that the artifacts belong in Peru, and after a dispute Yale has agreed to send them back. The artifacts will be on display for at least a week at the government palace before traveling to a permanent museum location in Peru. Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd said, “These artifacts do not belong to any government, to any institution, or to any university — they belong to the people of Peru.”