Sir Mick gets satisfaction in Peru

9th Nov 2012

Sir Mick Jagger was among the visitors who helped a museum top Peru's tourism chart by displaying archaeological treasures returned from the United States.

More than 70,000 people flocked to the Casa Concha Museum in Cusco in its first year exhibiting Machu Picchu artefacts returned by Yale University.

It is home to 218 archaeological pieces taken from the Inca citadel by Hiram Bingham a century ago.

Attendance figures exceeded expectations in the first 12 months of the exhibition following its inauguration on 10 November 2011, according to museum manager Trinidad Aguilar.

She said famous visitors ranged from celebrities such as the Rolling Stones frontman to literary figures such as Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Ms Aguilar said the cusquenos (people from Cusco) were "enthusiastic" about the ancient artefacts.

"Every day we receive school field trips and delegations from institutes, as well as foreigners who know about the repatriation of the pieces," she told the Andina News Agency.

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