November 20th, 2010
10:53 AM ET

Peru president says Yale agrees to give artifacts back

Peru's president says Yale University has agreed to return artifacts to the South American country - a move that could end a lengthy dispute over relics excavated nearly a century ago.

A university representative pledged in a meeting Friday to return a massive collection of artifacts collected from the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, Peruvian President Alan Garcia said.

"The Peruvian government is grateful for this decision and recognizes that Yale University conserved these parts and pieces that otherwise would have been dispersed in private collections throughout the world, and perhaps would have disappeared," Garcia said in a statement.

The pieces will be returned at the beginning of 2011 - in time for the country's celebration of the 100th anniversary of Machu Picchu's re-discovery, Garcia said.

They were first excavated from the site by historian Hiram Bingham in 1912, according to Yale.

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  1. Wild Hurricane

    This is the right thing to do.

    November 20, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Wild Hurricane

    Also, it shows the dignity that American White collar people deserve in this world that we did protect those items and respected them. Now when the Pervvian government gets overthrown by their own drug cartels and these items are looted and broken in drug-inducted bebauchery, the world will see just what kind of people the latinos really are. Viva, El U.S.A. !

    November 20, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. kim

    I think thats unfair not every latino is in the drug trade just like not all american are drug obsessed addict. There really are diffent ways of lifestyle besides the drug wars.

    November 20, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Wild Hurricane

    yeah? but not for long!

    November 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. what

    I hope peru protects it and preserve it.they want to sell it to the highest bidder.

    November 21, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |