LIMA, Peru — Peru has received a first shipment of the Incan artifacts taken from the mountain citadel of Machu Picchu a century ago that Yale University returned after a lawsuit and personal lobbying of the U.S. president.
The 366 pieces – ceramics, textiles and bones – are among some 4,000 adventurer Hiram Bingham took beginning in 1911 from what has become Peru's leading tourist attraction. At the time, the removal was called a loan.
The artifacts arrived by commercial jet from New York and taken to the presidential palace in trucks decorated with huge images of the Incan ruins and escorted by police vehicles.
President Alan Garcia credited all Peruvians achieving the artifacts' return. He had personally lobbied Barack Obama.