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Marathon Runners Make Issue Of Peru-Yale Dispute

This is what runners will see as they approach the finish line. (Credit: Roxanne Geyer/CBSNewYork)

This is what runners will see as they approach the finish line. (Credit: Roxanne Geyer/CBSNewYork)

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NEW YORK (AP) — The dispute between Peru and Yale University over Peruvian artifacts has become an issue on the streets of New York.

The government of Peru said nine runners in the marathon through New York’s five boroughs on Sunday wore shirts bearing a message demanding Yale return pre-Columbian artifacts taken nearly 100 years ago from the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.

The Peruvian government and Yale are at odds over possession of the artifacts, including funeral shrouds, bones, textiles and ceramics. Peru demands their return, while Yale hopes to negotiate a settlement over the artifacts that were removed about a century ago.

Yale says it returned dozens of boxes of artifacts in 1921 and that Peru knew it would keep some.

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