Since 2001, Hiram Bingham's Machu Picchu artifacts have been at the center of a bitter dispute between Yale University and the government of Peru. The controversial items finally made their way home ten years later, first to Lima and now to the former Inca capital of Cusco.
According to the Andina news agency on August 10, more than 360 museum-quality pieces are now on display in the Casa Concha, a colonial building just half a block from Cusco's main square. The artifacts, which include stone, ceramic and metal items as well as human remains, are currently being housed in two exhibition rooms on the building's second floor.
Entry to the temporary museum is completely free for locals and foreigners alike, but you'll have to be quick if you want to admire the current display. The doors of the Casa Concha opened on August 10 and will remain open daily for a two-week period.
More of the Yale artifacts are due to arrive in Peru by December 2012, by which time a permanent exhibition center should be in place.
Hiram Bingham portrait by Mary Foote, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons