With the 100th anniversary of Hiram Bingham's discovery of the Inca archeological treasure Machu Picchu approaching, Peru's Chamber of Tourism is preparing to celebrate — but without many of the site's most precious artifacts, which remain in Yale's collection.
Though Peruvian officials originally hoped the artifacts would be returned in time for the July 2011 commemoration, the prolonged legal battle with Yale, which has been dragging on since 2008, will likely make that impossible. Instead, the Chamber of Tourism plans to use the event to raise awareness about the absent artifacts and to pressure Yale to return them.
“With this effort, we seek to build the archeological museum of Cusco," Carlos Canales, president of the Chamber of Tourism, told the Peruvian news agency Andina. "We will focus in social networks to recover these objects and make Yale graduates aware of our request and support it,” he said.