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Yale and Peru Sign Accord on Machu Picchu Artifacts – NYTimes.com

Yale and Peru Sign Accord on Machu Picchu Artifacts – NYTimes.com.

Three months after Yale University and the government of Peru
announced a tentative accord under which Yale would return a group of
artifacts excavated at Machu Picchu, Yale formally signed a
partnership agreement on Friday with a Peruvian university to
establish a joint center where the objects will be conserved, studied
and displayed. The center will be at the Universidad Nacional de San
Antonio Abad del Cusco, in Cusco, the city closest to Machu Picchu,
and will be called the U.N.S.A.A.C.-Yale International Center for the
Study of Machu Picchu and Inca Culture. It will include a museum
exhibition space; a storage site for the archeological artifacts,
which include stone tools, ceramics and human and animal bones; and a
laboratory and research area. Students and faculty members from Yale
are expected to visit the center for training, research projects and
field work; students and faculty members of the Peruvian university
will also visit Yale. Meanwhile, a small number of artifacts will be
loaned to Yale for display at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural
History.

The agreement ends a long-running cultural-patrimony dispute over the
artifacts, which were excavated in 1912 by a Yale explorer, Hiram
Bingham, and have resided at Yale since then. For years, Peru has said
the objects were only on loan to Yale and should long since have been
returned. Yale argued that it had returned all borrowed objects in the
1920s, and had full title to the rest. In 2008, Peru sued Yale in
federal court, and last year it threatened to file criminal charges
against the university.

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