November 29th, 2010
Yale University has agreed to return thousands of pre-Hispanic artifacts to Peru. This decision tentatively ends a long-running dispute that pitted Yale against a growing demand in the Andean nation to reclaim its “cultural patrimony.”
The objects were taken from Machu Picchu in Peru. They include pottery, textiles, and human bones. They have been held by Yale for nearly a century, ever since Hiram Bingham III, a Yale historian, “rediscovered” the ancient Inca city in 1911.