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In pictures: Machu Picchu relics

silver shawl pin (image courtesy of Yale Peabody Museum)

Yale University has agreed to return to Peru thousands of Inca relics that were excavated at Machu Picchu. (Images courtesy of Yale Peabody Museum)

Inca bottle (Yale Peabody Museum)

The relics were excavated from 1911-15 by a Yale history professor, Hiram Bingham.

Artefacts displayed in front of a photograph of Machu Picchu from Yale Peabody Museum's Machu Picchu exhibit (Michael Marsland/Yale University)

During three trips to Machu Picchu, Bingham dug up thousands of objects, including mummies, ceramics and bones. (Image: Michael Marsland/Yale University)

classic Cusco-style Inca jar (image courtesy of Yale Peabody Museum)

In 2003 the artefacts went on display in a touring exhibition and the Peruvian government launched negotiations to get them back.

ritual offering vessel or "paccha" (image courtesy of Yale Peabody Museum)

In 2006 Peru threatened to take the case before a US court, saying it had agreed to the objects' removal only on condition they would be returned.

bone shawl pin adorned with two birds (image courtesy of Yale Peabody Museum)

Under the agreement Yale and Peru will co-sponsor a travelling expedition of the collection.

small scale model of Machu Picchu from Yale Peabody Museum's Machu Picchu exhibit (Michael Marsland/Yale University)

Yale will also act as an adviser for a new museum in Cuzco, close to Machu Picchu, where the exhibition will be installed after its tour. (Image: Michael Marsland/Yale University)

bronze knife pendant (image courtesy of Yale Peabody Museum)

The Incas ruled Peru from the 1430s until the arrival of the Spaniards in 1532.

Colonial-style Inca bottle (image courtesy of Yale Peabody Museum)

They built stone-block cities and roads, and developed a highly organized society that extended from modern-day Colombia to Chile.






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