By Catie Talarski
Yale Daily News has reported that a group of Yale alumni in Peru have written a letter to the University President asking that Yale return Peruvian artifacts excavated by Hiram Bingham that have been housed at Yale for the last century:
Their concern is not about whether Yale’s legal arguments are logically defensible or not; their concern is about Yale’s rising above such conflict, putting legal distinctions aside, showing a willingness to accommodate the enormous importance of these objects to Peru, and lifting a barrier to future cooperation between Yale and Peru, so that both can work hand in hand to contribute to a greater understanding of an ancient culture and its preservation today.
Diane will be covering this, so stay tuned to WNPR.
Right now we’re exploring Ollantaytambo, a small village nestled in the Andes. This is one of the places that Hiram Bingham set up camp while doing excavations. It has some breathtaking ruins and incredible stonework, as you’ll see below, and is one of the main starting points for the Inca Trail. Amazingly, the village has been continuously inhabited since the 13th century.