Lee Jae-min] Return of the Machu Picchu artifacts

23 Feb 2011 2:03 PM | Anonymous

Lee Jae-min] Return of the Machu Picchu artifacts
2011-02-23 18:54

A foreign government suing Yale University? That is an odd combination of opponents in a legal dispute. But that is what is happening in the U.S. federal court in Washington, D.C.

  In December 2008, the Peruvian government filed a complaint against Yale to reclaim Machu Picchu cultural artifacts from the Peabody Museum of Natural History of Yale University. The artifacts are pottery, textiles and bones of Incan people.

Peru argues that they were illegally taken out from the country 100 years ago and that the university has wrongfully kept them ever since. They are the collection of Hiram Bingham III, a Yale professor, who discovered the Incan site in 1911, and who is sometimes mentioned as the inspirational figure for Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones series.


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