September 1, 2000

Archaeology students at Peruvian universities Federico Villarreal and Mayor de San Marcos have succeeded in blocking the auction sale of pre-Hispanic Wari and Chancay textiles valued at $4,000 (Pounds 2,700) each. Police, who intervened to halt the sale following student demonstrations outside the premises, are investigating why the Peruvian National Institute of Culture authorised it.

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