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Santa Barbara museum returns ancestral remains of two Peruvians to their homeland's government

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

The remains had been in Santa Barbara since the late 1870's.

A Tri-Counties museum has returned the remains of two people which have been in its archaeological collection for nearly a century back to their native Peru.

In 1877, a French archaeologist recovered the remains of some indigenous Peruvians. He also spent some time in what’s now the Tri-Counties, as he studied the Native Americans in the Channel Islands.

In 1878, he donated the remains of the two people to what was then called Santa Barbara State College. Them in 1925, the college gave them to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

As part of a recent review of its collection, the museum decided that the remains should be returned to Peru. They were turned over Peru’s consulate in Los Angeles Tuesday.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.