Final Agreement on Artifacts From Machu Picchu

February 14, 2011

Yale University and the University of Cusco, in Peru, on Friday announced a final agreement to create a research center in Cusco to house a collection of artifacts from Machu Picchu that has been housed at Yale since they were excavated in 1912. Peru's government has for several years been pushing for the artifacts' return, arguing that they never should have been removed from the country. Under the agreement, the research center will include a museum to display some of the artifacts and appropriate facilities for scholars to conduct research. In addition, the center will loan a small number of the artifacts for display at Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History. Yale reached a general agreement with Peru on the artifacts last year, but that pact depended on the development of the agreement announced Friday.

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