March 5, 2008

1. Where is Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is located between soaring mountains in the lush green highlands of Peru.


2. The sits was left to ruin in the 16 century until 1911.


3. Who discovered the site and when?

In 1911, Explorer and Yale Professor, Hiran Bingham came upon the ‘lost’ city of Machu Picchu.


4. For which university was he working?

Hiram Bingham worked for Yale University.


5. What did he find?

Hiram Bingham discovered thousands of silver statues, jewelry and human remains.


6. In which museum are the find located?

The historical finds are located at Yale’s Peabody Museum.


7. What is the debate surrounding these finds?

The Peruvian Government believes that all the pieces belong to the Republic of Peru and to its people. These pieces located at Yale’s Peabody Museum originated from Peru and have the to Peru to own the pieces. As a result, the Peruvian Government strongly believe that the Museum have the right to own the pieces.


8. Why the legal action?

Yale felt otherwise of returning the artifacts but Peru was unrelenting and legal action proved imminent.


9. According to the spokesman from the Museum, why can there be problems if artifacts are returned too quickly?

There can have a number of problems if artifacts are returned too quickly. One thing is it not really honouring its duty to preserve and protect the objects in the collection. There could also be another claimant the next day and you could only give an object back once, so you got to be sure your giving it back to the right heir.


10. What has been the resolution of this ‘treasure war’ and why does this mean so much to the people of Peru?

Yale and the Government of Peru worked out a compromise. Yale agreed to return most of the objects following the completion of a travelling expedition co-sponsored by yale and the Peruvian Government. The artifacts mean so much to the people of Peru because it is a source of national pride for Peru and the Peruvian people would be the guardians of their own history.






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