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More Artifacts Heading Home to Peru

By December 13, 2011

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Back in August 2011, Yale University returned more than 360 Machu Picchu artifacts to Peru. As promised, Yale has now returned a further 170 pieces, including human remains originally found at the Inca citadel.

According to a report by Peru This Week, the remains and artifacts should arrive at Cusco's Casa Concha Museum on Thursday.

These treasures arrive just a week after the New Mexico History Museum returned a Moche ornament to Peru. The 4.5 cm tall by 7 cm wide gold bead -- ornately designed to resemble a monkey's head -- is believed to have been stolen from the Señor de Sipán (Huaca Rajada) archeological site in 1987.

According to a report by the Peruvian Times on December 9, "The monkey head, with turquoise and shell eyes and bits of turquoise in its tongue, has a ball tucked inside to make the bead rattle when moved."

The Moche ornament may well join other Sipán artifacts in the Museo Tumbas Reales de Sípan, the largest of four modern museums in the Lambayeque region of Northern Peru.

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