Photo: Peru Artifacts return to Machu Picchu
Peruvian Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Garcia Belaunde announced today that he has signed an agreement with Yale University President Richard Levin on the return of artifacts that a Yale explorer excavated in the early 20th century at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
Yale has agreed to return to Peru the “exhibitable” pieces and certain others in time for the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of Machu Picchu. These pieces need to be returned by July 2011, with all the objects to be back in Peru by Dec 31,2012.
Yale holds more than 46,000 objects that lecturer and explorer Hiram Bingham removed from Machu Picchu, but only 370 are ceramics or intact artifacts suitable for display in a museum, the Foreign Ministry said.
The agreement concludes a long running dispute that led to Peru filing suit against Yale in a federal court in Connecticut.
Peruvian authorities are deciding where to exhibit the returned pieces. A strong possibility is the recently restored Casa Concha in downtown Cuzco, the nearest city to the famed fortress.