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.