[Federal Register: October 5, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 194)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects in the Possession of the Peabody Museum
of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects in the possession of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology
and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this
notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology professional staff in consultation
with representatives of the Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma.
    In 1966, human remains representing two individuals were collected
from the Bayou Sel site, Clark County, AR, by

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Frank Schambach as part of a Peabody Museum expedition.. No known
individuals were identified. The 566 associated funerary objects
include partial and complete ceramic vessels, ceramic sherds, a bone
object, a shell object, a stone object, and 102 soil samples taken from
the ceramic vessels.
    Based on ceramic style and burial context, these human remains and
associated funerary objects have been identified as Native American
dating to the Mid-Ouachita Phase of the Late Caddoan period (C.E. 1350-
1500). The archeological record of the Bayou Sel site is attributed to
the Mid-Ouachita focus, a phase recognized as representing the
fluorescence of Caddoan culture in the Ouachita Valley of Arkansas.
Cartographic and historical information suggest that the Upper Ouachita
River was occupied by the Cahinnio, a group that joined with the
Kadohadacho Confederacy during the 18th century. The present-day Indian
tribe culturally affiliated with the Kahohadacho Confederacy is the
Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology have determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the
physical remains of two individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology also have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 566 objects listed
above are reasonably believed to have been placed with or near
individual human remains at the time of death or later as part of the
death rite or ceremony. Lastly, officials of the Peabody Museum of
Archaeology and Ethnology have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(e), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be
reasonably traced between these Native American human remains and
associated funerary objects and the Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Caddo Indian Tribe of
Oklahoma. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains and
associated funerary objects should contact Patricia Capone,
Repatriation Coordinator, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology,
11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, telephone (617) 496-3702,
before November 5, 2001. Repatriation of the human remains and
associated funerary objects to the Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma may
begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: July 12, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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