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The Norwalk Community College Archaeology Club will host Yale Professor Richard Burger Ph.D. on Thursday, December 13 at 8 p.m. in the GenRe Forum on the college’s East Campus at 188 Richards Ave. The evening’s topic will be The Hiram Bingham Collection from Machu Picchu.
Dr. Burger is the Charles J. McCurdy Professor of Anthropology and Chairman and Director of Graduate Studies of Archaeological Studies at Yale University. He will discuss the 2010 agreement between Yale and Peruvian Foreign Minister Garcia Belaunde to return objects to Peru that were excavated at Machu Picchu in 1912 by Hiram Bingham following his “scientific discovery” of the site in 1911.
He will also highlight the innovative collaboration between Yale and the Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco in Peru for the exhibition, conservation, and study of the ancient artifacts found at Machu Picchu, and the creation of the new UNSAAC-Yale International Center for the Study of Machu Picchu and Inca Culture in Peru, where the artifacts are now housed.
Prior to the meeting, pot luck appetizers will be served at 7 p.m. in the East Campus Atrium. All are invited to attend, and admission is free.