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Thursday December 15, 2011

Yale Returns Machu Picchu Relics Excavated in 1911 Back to Perú

Yale Returns Machu Picchu Relics Excavated in 1911 Back to Perú

Photo: 177 skeletons will arrive to a Machu Picchu Museum

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177 skeletons will arrive to a Machu Picchu Museum later on today, as part of the second shipment of relics that Yale University is returning to Perú.

A shipment of 26 boxes of Incan relics was flown from New York to Cuzco earlier this week and will complete its journey today upon arrival to the Casa Concha Museum in Machu Picchu.

This shipment is the second out of the three scheduled deliveries containing some 40,000 objects that explorer Hiram Bingham dug up in the Peruvian site back in 1911, and eventually donated to Yale University

A third delivery containing pottery and stone-ware findings is scheduled for December of next year.

Cayo Garcia Miranda, a member of the International Centre for the Study of Machu Picchu and Inca Culture said the remains are important to archaeological research and to the understanding of Peru’s history.

“It is essential to have these objects, which show much of our history. Also, DNA testing can show the genetic, pathological and anatomical characteristics of ancient Peruvians,” he said.