Peru v. Yale

Long thought to have sequestered the remains of American Indian leader Geronimo in its Skull & Bones tomb, Yale University is now being sued by the Peruvian state of Machu Picchu for similar antics. Yale researcher Hiram Bingham III visited the Peruvian state in 1911 and 1912, and apparently forgot to put everything back where he found it. On the contrary: he took everything home with him and put it in his office, and now Peru wants it back.

Hiram Bingham III, renaissance man.

Hiram Bingham III

It’s not yet clear whether the case will be tried in Connecticut courts (Yale is, unfortunately, there) or in the Federal system. The Peruvians cite the cultural importance of the artifacts as grounds for their return. In its defense, Yale is expected to cite the fact that it is Yale.

In addition to academia and piracy, Mr. Bingham is known for being the 84th governor of Connecticut and a United States Senator. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.


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