In fact, antiquities and monuments contribute to political and economic progress. Notably, repatriation of antiquities plays an increasingly significant role in foreign relations, and cultural tourism holds potential for economic development. Peru's success in reclaiming Inca artifacts from the Peabody Museum at Yale University reflects the potential for cultural institutions in the United States to cooperate in the emerging climate of repatriation, and the site of Machu Picchu holds continued value as a tourist destination.
In short, public and private investment in protection of cultural heritage not only preserve “art for art’s sake” but also contributes to political and economic security.
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