First artifacts return to Peru

31 Mar 2011 12:48 PM | Anonymous

First artifacts return to Peru
By Sarah Nutman, Senior Reporter

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Over 350 artifacts excavated from Machu Picchu in the early 1900s made their official reentry into Peru Wednesday after nearly 100 years at Yale.

These objects represent the first of more than 5,000 relics Yale will return to Peru over the next two years under a Nov. 23 agreement between the University and the Peruvian government.

“We are profoundly satisfied,” Peruvian President Alan Garcia said at a press conference held outside the Government Palace as the objects were arriving. Garcia has fought for the return of these objects for much of his four-year presidency, which ends in July.

The objects will be displayed in Lima for about a week

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