Yale University has signed an agreement to return to Peru some 5,000 Inca artefacts removed from the famed Machu Picchu citadel nearly a century ago.
The relics – stone tools, ceramics and human and animal bones – will be housed in a new centre in the city of Cuzco.
The deal ends a long dispute over the artefacts, which were taken from Machu Picchu by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1912.
Machu Picchu, high in the Andes, is Peru’s main tourist attraction.
via BBC News – Yale agrees to return Machu Picchu artefacts to Peru.
Peru: ‘sensational’ Inca find for British team in Andes | World news | The Observer.
A British team of archaeologists on expedition in the Peruvian Andes has hailed as “sensational” the discovery of some of the most sacred objects in the Inca civilisation – three “ancestor stones”, which were once believed to form a precious link between the heavens and the underworld.
The find, which was made on an isolated Andean mountainside, provoked joy among local specialists and the experts present from, among others, the British Museum, Reading University and Royal Holloway, University of London. No examples of the stones were thought to have survived until now.
“It was a very moving moment,” said Dr Colin McEwan, the British Museum’s head of the Americas, as he recalled seeing the stones for the first time.
Dr Frank Meddens, research associate of Royal Holloway, who was also on the expedition, said they had “danced a little jig on top of the mountain” after discovering the objects that they had only read about in 16th-century Spanish documents