February 28, 2008
Peru’s agreement with Yale University was seen by many as a model for other similar future agreements for similar cases, when it was announced last year. It now appears though that following the initial optimism, things have not necessarily proceeded as planned.
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February 26, 2008 9:49
Machu Picchu: Sticky Wicket?
Posted by Richard Lacayo
Over the months that I was working on Time’s story this week about the antiquities wars, one thing that struck me was that last September’s “memo of understanding” between Yale University and Peru to return the Machu Picchu artifacts, which was supposed to be finalized within 60 days, never was. Now we’re getting a glimpse of how messy this could still get. Last Saturday the New York Times ran a stinging Op-Ed piece by Eliane Karp de Toledo, archaeologist and former first lady of Peru, who was a prime mover in Peru’s campaign to retrieve the artifacts.
One of her complaints is that Peru would not be granted clear title to to the entire collection, because the tentative agreement provides for Yale to keep a portion of “non-museum quality” artifacts for research purposes for 99 years. The best reporting on this story has been coming from Paul Needham at the Yale Daily News , which last month obtained from Karp de Toledo a copy of the confidential memo between Yale and Peru. A piece he wrote last week is particularly good. One crucial passage:
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