Machu Picchu word war flares as alumni say, ‘Cool it’

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Peru is considering “criminally denouncing” Yale officials in a long-running dispute over Machu Picchu artifacts, a government minister said this weekend.

Peru has sued Yale over the artifacts, which Yale archeologist Hiram Bingham ’98 took – with government permission — from the ancient Incan ruins in 1911. The South American country plans a centennial celebration of Machu Picchu’s rediscovery for next July, and has demanded the items’ return before then.

The university has not yet responded to a letter from 23 alumni living in Peru, urging Yale to resolve the dispute....

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