Arizona State Museum Burial Agreement

Nevertheless, museum archaeologists are often the eyes and ears of law enforcement who report thefts or suspicious activities they see on the ground. They are supported by volunteers with the Arizona Site Stewards Program, managed by the Arizona State Parks Department. Each year, stewards report more than 200 acts of vandalism and nearly 30 lootings at archaeological sites across the state. You couldn`t have had more confidence in your brain. Founded in 1893 by the territorial legislature, the museum serves as Arizona`s official archaeological repository with more than 175,000 artifacts ranging from sandals and baskets to ceramics, textiles and weighing trays. Here is a list of private consultants who can help comply with state laws. Museum employees are also known for their commitment to returning artifacts to Indian tribes as well as human remains previously collected by archaeologists in ancient tombs. This repatriation process became mandatory in 1990, when Congress passed the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Significant looting in the late 1980s and early 1990s led to similar status in Arizona. This know-how takes urgency and additional intrigues with stolen items. “Some of us have been involved in state and federal affairs,” Lyons says.

“We help identify things as prehistoric and help law enforcement and prosecutors determine whether elements of a crime, as defined by law, have been respected. Is it archaeological (over 100 years old)? Is it prehistoric? Is it likely that he came from reservations? Did the person (who abducted her) have permission to be at that time and do this work?┬áThe Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona (ASM), in agreement with the affected Indian tribes or Hawaii Indian organizations, has completed an inventory of human remains and associated funerary objects and has found that there is a cultural link between human remains and associated funerary objects and today`s Indian strains or Indian organizations. Descendants of the rule or representatives of an Indian tribe or native Hawaiian organization who are not identified in this press release and wish to request the transfer of control of these human remains and associated burial objects, must submit a written request to the ASM. In the absence of an additional applicant, the transmission of control of human remains and burial objects associated with descendants, Indian tribes or HawaiiAn Island Indian organizations mentioned in this notice may be continued. Non-urgent questions or other information regarding state repatriation should be directed to Cristin Lucas (lucasc@email.arizona.edu) or 520-626-2950. Reports of accidental disturbance of human remains can be delivered to the return office at asm-repatriation@email.arizona.edu or 520-626-0320. “We did start repatriation before it was prescribed by federal law,” says Patrick Lyons, the museum`s collection director and deputy director. Raymond Thompson, a longtime former museum director, had defended the policy, supported by Arizona`s burial protection provisions. The figures are equally terrifying: in January 2010, the museum had reserved 6,552 sets of human remains and repatriated hundreds of them. “But we also found hundreds more by walking through these old collections,” he says.

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