First Egypt and now Peru has reason to be happy! Days after Egypt learned its long lost treasures from King Tut’s tomb (see earlier post, King Tut’s Dog) were being returned by the Met, it’s Peru’s turn to celebrate.
Relics from ancient Machu Picchu, “borrowed” by Yale University, are being returned to Lima after nearly 100 years. In 1911, Yale scholar Hiram Bingham officially discovered the 15th century Inca citadel. Peru claims that Yale took 46,000 pieces including mummies, gold, bronze and ceramic artefacts.
After a planned media campaign by Peruvian Prez, Alan Garcia including an appeal to US Prez Barack Obama, Yale has promised to honour Peru’s ancient and rich heritage to return all the pieces they have in their possession.
You can say it’s Yale University’s way to make up for the things Peru lacked …