[Federal Register: July 11, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 133)]
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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 Lambertville
Historical Society, Lambertville, NJ

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 in the possession of
the Lambertville Historical Society, Lambertville, NJ.
     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
Lambertville Historical Society professional staff in consultation with
the New Jersey State Museum and representatives of the Delaware Nation,
Oklahoma; Delaware Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma; Eastern Band of Cherokee
Indians of North Carolina; and Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Mohican
Indians of Wisconsin. The Lambertville Historical Society also
consulted with the Native American Alliance of Bucks County and the
Delaware Nation Grand Council of North America, two nonfederally
recognized Indian groups.
     In either 1858 or 1862, human remains representing one individual
were recovered by Captain John S. Bailey near the old lime kiln on the
banks of the Delaware River at Lower Black's Eddy, Bucks County, PA. No
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are
present. The human remains consist of the right parietal bone of a
skull. The elevated skullcap and high-vaulted shape are characteristic
of Native American populations. An August 5, 1873, article in the Bucks
County Intelligencer reported that there was an ``indication that the
spot [from which the human remains were recovered] was an Indian burial
place, as well as a manufactory of arrow heads and other utensils of
stone.''
     These human remains are believed to have been found at the Lower
Black's Eddy site (36BU23). The Lower Black's Eddy site was excavated
in 1893 by Dr. Henry C. Mercer and was considered by him to be one of
the oldest and largest village sites in the Delaware Valley between
Trenton and the Lehigh River. The site was excavated again in 1982 and
1986-87. These excavations identified a stratified sequence spanning
the Late/Terminal Archaic (3000-1000 B.C), Early/Middle Woodland (1000
B.C.-A.D. 500), and Late Woodland periods (A.D. 500-1600). The
relatively good condition of the skull and the acidity of the soil at
the Lower Black's Eddy site indicate that the human remains were
probably buried during the Late Woodland period (A.D. 500-1600). The
Delaware River and its tributaries are thought to be the homeland of
the Delaware Indians, many of whom were relocated to Oklahoma and
Wisconsin during the 19th century.
     Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
Lambertville Historical Society have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of one individual of Native American ancestry. Officials of the
Lambertville Historical Society also 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 the Delaware Nation, Oklahoma; Delaware Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma;
and Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin.
     This notice has been sent to officials of the Delaware Nation,
Oklahoma; Delaware Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma; Eastern Band of Cherokee
Indians of North Carolina; Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Mohican
Indians of Wisconsin; Native American Alliance of Bucks County; and the
Delaware Nation Grand Council of North America. Representatives of any
other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with these human remains should contact Nancy Keim Comley, Lambertville
Historical Society, P.O. Box 2, Lambertville, NJ 08530, telephone (609)
397-0770, before August 12, 2002. Repatriation of the human remains to
the Delaware Nation, Oklahoma; Delaware Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma; and
Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin may begin
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: March 27, 2002.
Robert Stearns,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 02-17418 Filed 7-10-02; 8:45 am]
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