US: Yale set to return 4,000 Inca treasures to Peru

As Peru counts down to the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Machu Picchu by the American explorer Hiram Bingham, thousands of artefacts taken from the breathtaking lost city of the Incas could soon be returned to the country, writes Stephen Foley for The Independent.

The relics, some 40,000 of them, according to the Peruvian government, include pottery, jewellery and human bones. They have been in the collection at Bingham's alma mater, Yale University, since he first hacked his way through the Andean jungle to the site in 1911, and have become the subject of a bitter international dispute and a ferocious academic debate about how and where to display archaeological treasures.

Alan Garcia, Peru's President, announced that the artefacts would begin to be returned to the country next year, following an agreement with Yale during talks last week. The university said that important details were still being worked out that could derail a final deal, but welcomed "positive developments".
Full report on The Independent site