May 26, 2018

Peru celebrates return of Inca artefacts

When there is a good news story and camera's there will always be a politician. Here President Garcia of Peru welcomes home Inca artefacts from the US

Peru has welcomed home hundreds of Inca artefacts that were taken to the United States nearly a century ago.

The artefacts were taken from the citadel of Machu Picchu which was ‘re-discovered’ by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1912.

Yale agreed to return the artefacts last year after a long campaign by the Peruvian government. There was dispute over whether the artifacts were only on loan to Yale or if Yale owned them.

In all some 45,000 archaeological pieces are to be returned.

A convoy of trucks escorted by police carried the remains from the airport to the presidential palace in Lima.

President Alan Garcia at the forefront of the celebrations said “They are treasures, even though they are not made of gold or precious stones, because they represent the dignity and pride of Peru,”led the welcoming ceremony.

“They are treasures, even though they are not made of gold or precious stones, because they represent the dignity and pride of Peru.”

The relics will be displayed in Lima before moving to Cuzco – the historical capital of the Inca empire – where they will housed in a new cultural centre.

The ‘Lost City’ of Machu Picchu in the Andes is Peru’s main tourist attraction.

Newswarped understands that there were very good reasons at the time that it was a good idea that Yale took the treasures for safe keeping.

With the passage of time and Peru proving that it was well placed to secure and look after the artefacts there was no reason why they should not be returned.

Yale deserves plaudits for enabling the return of another country’s national treasure. Perhaps they might like to encourage the British Museum to part with the Parthenon Elgin Marbles back to Greece.