Peru to display Inca artifacts recovered from Yale

Agence France-Presse
First Posted 11:31:00 11/27/2010

LIMA — Peru will display rare Inca artifacts next year for the first time after it recovers them from Yale University in the United States following a long diplomatic campaign, the culture ministry said Friday.

The 360 artifacts from the famed 15th century Inca citadel Machu Picchu include ceramics, pottery, bones and shards discovered by US archaeologist Hiram Bingham in the early 20th century.

Peruvian authorities had been locked in a seven-year battle with Yale over the artifacts, which Bingham brought to the US university between 1912 and 1916 on loan from Peru but never returned.

Peru claims the university has some 46,000 items, but Yale has said there are only 5,500, of which 330 are museum quality, and that it has legal possession of them.

Culture Minister Juan Ossio said the 360 pieces would arrive between March and May and would be put on display at the Museum of the Nation in Lima as part of celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the site.

The majestic Machu Picchu, a UNESCO world heritage site, stands on Peru’s eastern slopes of the Andes, some 2,430 meters (7,970 feet) above sea level, and has long been South America’s most popular tourist attraction.

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