December 17th, 2010
Yale To Perú: Um, Here’s Your Stuff Back

Yale University finally did the right thing and returned artifacts originally taken from Machu Picchu in Perú in the early 1900s by Hiram Bingham III. Yale tried to the Peruvian government they didn’t have to give the artifacts back per the original agreement because of stereotypic Latino tardiness:

“Peruvian demands escalated about eight years ago, and in 2008, Peru sued in U.S. federal court. Yale countered with a motion to dismiss the case, saying the country had lost its right to the materials by waiting too long to ask for them back.”

But, luckily, in the end justice prevailed and Yale will be sending back the artifacts in time for the 100th anniversary of Bingham’s first trip to Machu Picchu. Don’t you love a happy ending?

[Photo By exfordy]

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