The first batch of 363 Machu Picchu pieces arrived to Lima yesterday from the American University of Yale, almost one hundred years after they were drawn by explorer Hiram Bingham of the Inca citadel.
According to Minister of Culture, Juan Ossio, 363 pieces and 1,000 fragments arrived, he also confirmed that Yale will return all the 46,332 Machu Picchu pieces that Bingham took from Peru at the end of 2012.
He stressed the agreement between Yale and the Universidad San Antonio Abad, Cuzco, to develop researchs and work together. “Students from Cuzco will perfect their knowledge at Yale University. There will also be faculty exchanges. A happy ending,” said Ossio.
The pieces will be exhibited at the Government Palace since Monday and during the next seven days and then they will be sent to Casa Concha in the city of Cuzco, where they will remain until the construction of the “Gran Museo del Tahuantinsuyo” (Great Tahuantinsuyo Museum.)
The Peruvian government and Yale agreed last year that this first batch of pieces would get back to Peru to celebrate the centenary of Bingham’s arrival.
Source: Expreso Newspaper