Uncategorized | 10:01 pm | August 9, 2010 | By Nora Caplan-Bricker

Peruvian congresswoman joins push for artifacts’ return

Hilaria Supa Huamán
Hilaria Supa Huamán Photo by Congress oftheRepublicofPeru.

Two months after Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd pledged his support to Peru in the ongoing debate over the ownership of Machu Picchu artifacts currently housed at Yale, a Peruvian politician has followed suit.

Congresswoman Hilaria Supa Huamán, a human rights activist and member of Peru’s Nationalist Party, announced that she would throw her weight behind her country’s efforts to reclaim the historic objects, the Peruvian news outlet Generaccion reported Monday. Huamán represents Cusco, the south-eastern region where Machu Picchu is located.

The explorer Hiram Bingham found the lost city of Machu Picchu in 1911 and brought back human remains, household items and other artifacts he found there to Yale — his alma mater — to be studied. Peru sued for the return of the items in 2008, and Yale has been embroiled in a legal battle with the South American nation ever since. Peru dropped six of its 17 charges against the University in March, but is still demanding the return of what the country deems its cultural patrimony.

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