Peru prevents illegal export of antiquities and fossils
|Machu Picchu artefacts returned to Peru by Yale University [Credit: Living in Peru]|
Authorities have also set up systems to prevent the trafficking of goods through the post and across Peru’s southern border to Chile, among other areas, the ministry said in an emailed statement.
The looting and trafficking of national patrimony is a big challenge in Peru, which has a rich indigenous and colonial history.
|Peru's archaeologist Juan Leon shows a shark fossil teeth in the National Museum in Lima. Officials say illegal traffickers planned to ship the teeth, believed to be about 12 million years old, to the US. [Credit: AP]|
The government had also had a long standing claim with Yale University, for the univeristy to return archaeological pieces from Machu Picchu. In total, 46,635 fragments and artifacts —only some of which are exhibition-quality pieces— were taken from Peru to Yale for research purposes by Hiram Bingham, an American historian sponsored by Yale and the National Geographic Society, during expeditions between 1912 and 1916.
The first shipment of the pieces from Yale were returned to Peru last year, where they are now on display at a museum in Cusco.
Source: Peruvian Times [April 16, 2013]
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