FR Doc 04-145
[Federal Register: January 6, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 3)]
[Notices]               
[Page 681-682]
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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; 
Correction

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; correction.

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    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves 
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, 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. The human remains and 
associated funerary objects were removed from New York and 
Pennsylvania.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d)(3). 
The determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of 
the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the 
Native American human remains and associated funerary objects. The 
National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within 
this notice.
    This notice corrects the number of associated funerary objects 
reported in a notice of inventory completion published in the Federal 
Register on October 5, 2001 (FR Doc. 01-24963, pages 51060-62). A 
review of museum records resulted in the identification of eight 
additional associated funerary objects from the Silverheels site in 
Brant, NY, and 50 associated funerary objects from a site located 
between the Susquehanna and Chemung Rivers in Athens, PA.
    Paragraphs 12 and 13 of the October 5, 2001, notice are corrected 
by substituting the following two paragraphs:
    In 1903, human remains representing 122 individuals were recovered 
from Brant, NY, during a Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology 
expedition led by M.R. Harrington and A.C. Parker. No known individuals 
were identified. The 1,486 associated funerary objects include charred 
corn and acorns; potter's stones, polishing stones, nutting stones and 
other worked stones; broken celts; flaked chert and debitage; a piece 
of chipped quartz or red jasper; ceramic sherds, vessels and pipes; 
iron knives, scissors, awls, and an axe; pigment; glass, shell, 
catlinite, copper, and brass beads; bracelets of copper and brass 
beads; bracelets of iron, brass, and wire; brass jingles, brass 
earrings, and a brass point; sheet brass; broken and charred wooden 
objects; shells; animal bones, hide and teeth, including fish teeth; 
worked turtle shell, fragments that are probably part of a rattle, and 
small pebbles from a rattle; bone tubes and an awl; antler arrow 
flakers; charcoal; bark; an organic concretion; fragments of a brass 
bracelet; wood fragments; a ceramic pipe elbow; buckskin fragments with 
glass beads; leather fragments with glass beads; and a brass spoon 
fragment.
    Museum records indicate that the human remains and associated 
funerary objects were recovered from the Silverheels site. This site is 
located within the town of Brant, 1.5 miles east of the village of 
Irving, on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, approximately 2.5 miles 
upstream of Lake Erie on Cattaraugus Creek. The interments most likely 
date to the Contact period (A.D. 1500-1700). Artifacts recovered from 
the site which support this date include iron and early colonial 
artifacts, Levanna- and Madison-style projectile points; ceramic 
vessels with globular bodies, constricted, zoned incised necks, and 
castellated rims; and a variety of terra cotta pipes, including pipes 
with trumpet-shaped bowls and bowls with representations of human faces 
and animals. In addition, multivariate attribute analysis of the 
ceramic artifacts indicates that the site dates to the early 17th 
century. In addition to the 1,486 associated funerary objects, a 
projectile point embedded in a vertebra of an individual is included 
for repatriation in this notice, although not specifically required 
under NAGPRA.
    Paragraphs 20 and 21 of the October 5, 2001, notice are corrected 
by substituting the following two paragraphs:
    In 1921, human remains representing two individuals were recovered 
from Athens, PA, during a Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology 
expedition led by Paul F. Scott. No known individuals were identified. 
The 50 associated funerary objects are sherds from a single vessel.
    Museum documentation indicates that the site was discovered by 
workmen digging a gas pipeline trench in Athens. The site is described 
as located in the narrowest portion of land between the Susquehanna and 
Chemung Rivers. The interment most likely dates to the Late Woodland 
period (A.D. 1000-1600). Ceramic fragments recovered from the site 
include body sherds with a smooth finish and a collar

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with a zoned, linear punctate design. The fragments likely represent an 
Owasco Corded Collar, dating to the early Late Woodland period (A.D. 
1000-1300).
    Paragraphs 29 and 30 of the October 5, 2001, notice are corrected 
by substituting the following three paragraphs:
    Officials at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains 
described above represent the physical remains of 197 individuals of 
Native American ancestry. Officials of the Peabody Museum of 
Archaeology and Ethnology also have determined that, pursuant to 25 
U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the 2,402 associated funerary objects described 
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 at the Peabody Museum of 
Archaeology and Ethnology have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 
3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be 
reasonably traced between the Native American human remains and 
associated funerary objects and the Cayuga Nation of New York, Oneida 
Nation of New York, Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, Onondaga 
Nation of New York, St. Regis Band of Mohawk Indians of New York, 
Seneca Nation of New York, Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, Tonawanda 
Band of Seneca Indians of New York, and Tuscarora Nation of New York.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Patricia Capone, Repatriation Coordinator, 
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 11 
Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, telephone (617) 496-3702, before 
February 5, 2004. Repatriation of the human remains and associated 
funerary objects to the Cayuga Nation of New York, Oneida Nation of New 
York, Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, Onondaga Nation of New 
York, St. Regis Band of Mohawk Indians of New York, Seneca Nation of 
New York, Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, Tonawanda Band of Seneca 
Indians of New York, and Tuscarora Nation of New York may proceed after 
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is responsible for 
notifying the Cayuga Nation of New York, Oneida Nation of New York, 
Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, Onondaga Nation of New York, St. 
Regis Band of Mohawk Indians of New York, Seneca Nation of New York, 
Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians of 
New York, and Tuscarora Nation of New York that this notice has been 
published.

    Dated: November 17, 2003.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources.
[FR Doc. 04-145 Filed 1-5-04; 8:45 am]

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