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Peru plans to sue Yale over artifacts taken from Machu Picchu in 1900s

 
Rick Vecchio
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12/01/2005 06:54 PM
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Peru plans to sue Yale over artifacts taken from Machu Picchu in 1900s
Peru plans to sue Yale over artifacts taken from Machu Picchu in 1900s
Rick Vecchio, Associated Press

Last update: November 30, 2005 at 7:48 PM
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LIMA, PERU - Peru is preparing a lawsuit against Yale University to retrieve artifacts taken nearly a century ago from the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, a government official said Wednesday.

Peru has held talks in recent years with Yale seeking the return of nearly 5,000 artifacts, including ceramics and human bones that explorer Hiram Bingham dug up during expeditions to Machu Picchu in 1911, 1912 and 1914.

"Yale considers the collection university property, given the amount of time it has been there," said Luis Guillermo Lumbreras, chief of Peruīs National Institute of Culture. "This is something we do not recognize because the pieces were legally granted in a temporary loan." He said the artifacts "should have been returned after Jan. 27, 1916."

Peruīs Foreign Ministry was preparing the legal case and probably would present it in Connecticut state court, Lumbreras said. He said it was not clear when the lawsuit would be filed.

Yale spokesman Tom Conroy said he was looking into Peruīs claim that the artifacts were on loan.

Lumbreras said "it is time to return the collection" with the approaching 100th anniversary of the scientific anniversary of Machu Picchu.

David Bingham, grandson of Hiram Bingham, said he never heard of any promise to return the artifacts. He said Yale has been a good caretaker and "probably brought more visitors to Peru than almost any other thing." But he said thereīs no reason Yale and Peru shouldnīt be able compromise and have displays in both places.

The Incas ruled Peru from the 1430s until the arrival of the Spaniards in 1532. Experts say Machu Picchu was a summer estate for royalty, a sort of Camp David for the Inca ruler Pachacuti.


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Now it appears as if Yale rules Peru.
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12/01/2005 07:03 PM
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Re: Peru plans to sue Yale over artifacts taken from Machu Picchu in 1900s
bump
Anonymous Coward
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12/01/2005 07:14 PM
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Re: Peru plans to sue Yale over artifacts taken from Machu Picchu in 1900s
the gd white-faced pilferers should return artifacts to the indiginous country.

Also, there is no clear reason why Binbhamīs name should be plasted in places around Machu Picchu.

Take down the pilfererīs name as well
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12/01/2005 07:31 PM
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Re: Peru plans to sue Yale over artifacts taken from Machu Picchu in 1900s
What are the artifacts to Yale?

What are the artifacts to Peru?
Over the side and damn the barracuda
Anonymous Coward
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12/01/2005 07:31 PM
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Re: Peru plans to sue Yale over artifacts taken from Machu Picchu in 1900s
give them all back now

Bingham only was shown the place

Then he pilfered

Yale has no rights to the objects at all

Yale can dig up itīs own past and display it if they want to own some artifacts
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12/01/2005 07:55 PM
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Re: Peru plans to sue Yale over artifacts taken from Machu Picchu in 1900s
the artifacts are Peruīs ancient heritage.
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12/02/2005 02:59 PM
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Re: Peru plans to sue Yale over artifacts taken from Machu Picchu in 1900s
bones
rattle dem bones

and something about a severed goddess hand
an nonymous
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12/02/2005 03:06 PM
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Re: Peru plans to sue Yale over artifacts taken from Machu Picchu in 1900s
Machu Picchu is the location of a scared quartz mountain. Everything connected with the place should be returned in its entirety.





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