Yale's Repatriation of the Machu Picchu Artifacts to Peru

Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, p. 4587, Springer, 2014

3 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2014  

Kimberly Alderman

The Alderman Law Firm

Date Written: February 14, 2014

Abstract

In 1911, a professor of South American history from Yale University drudged through the Andean jungle and rediscovered the ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. Hiram Bingham had received permission from the government of Peru to return to Yale with 40,000 artifacts to study over an 18-month period. The artifacts were, for the most part, shards and fragments of pottery, jewelry, and human remains. While they were valuable for scientific research, only 350 of the artifacts were of museum quality.The 18-month period for study came and went, and Yale did not return the objects to Peru. "The whole matter has assumed a very large importance in the eyes of the Peruvians, who feel that we are trying to rob their country of its treasure.”

Keywords: Machu Picchu, Peru, Repatriation, Archaeology

Suggested Citation

Alderman, Kimberly, Yale's Repatriation of the Machu Picchu Artifacts to Peru (February 14, 2014). Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, p. 4587, Springer, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2395686

Kimberly Alderman (Contact Author)

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