Peru talks continue as lawsuit looms
University officials hope to reach an agreement to display artifacts both here and in Peru
Published Tuesday, January 10, 2006 on the Yale Daily News site
Top Yale officers and Peruvian government representatives are continuing negotiations regarding artifacts recovered at Machu Picchu and brought to Yale more than 90 years ago, officials said Monday.
Peruvian officials have said that if the
negotiations break down, they plan to sue the University for possession
of the artifacts, which were excavated in 1911 from the ruins of the
ancient Incan city by Hiram Bingham, Class of 1898. As the centennial
anniversary of the rediscovery of Machu Picchu approaches, the
Peruvians have begun seeking the return of the artifacts in earnest.
The confidential talks between the University and Peru have remained
ongoing for more than two years, said Barbara Shailor, deputy provost
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