FR Doc E6-20750
[Federal Register: December 7, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 235)]
[Notices]               
[Page 70979-70980]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

 
Notice of Inventory Completion: 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 (5), 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 Barnstable and Plymouth 
Counties, MA.
    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 in 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 in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the associated funerary objects was made 
by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology professional staff 
in consultation with representatives of the Wampanoag Repatriation 
Confederation, on behalf of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) 
of Massachusetts, Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation (a non-federally 
recognized Indian group), and Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribe (a non-
federally recognized Indian group).
    This notice corrects the number of associated funerary objects 
reported in a Notice of Inventory Completion published in the Federal 
Register on August 14, 2003, (FR Doc 03-20754, pages 48626-48634). In 
2006, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology identified one 
error in a collector's name, identified one error in a collection date, 
and identified additional associated funerary objects from four sites 
in southeastern MA. The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology 
also changed the method used to quantify reported cultural items. In 
light of these findings, the original Notice of Inventory Completion is 
amended to decrease the calculated number from 127 to 113 associated 
funerary objects. Changes to the original inventories come as a result 
of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology's continuing 
inventory work. Although the method used to quantify objects has 
changed, the previously reported cultural items in this collection 
remain the same.
    In the Federal Register of August 14, 2003, on page 48628, 
paragraph number 7 is corrected by substituting the following 
paragraph:
    In 1887, human remains representing one individual were removed 
from Sandwich, Barnstable County, MA, by Lombard C. Jones. Dr. Jones 
donated the human remains to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and 
Ethnology in 1908. No known individual was identified. The one 
associated funerary object is a nail with a wood fragment.
    In the Federal Register of August 14, 2003, on page 48631, 
paragraph number 7 is corrected by substituting the following 
paragraph:
    In 1867, human remains representing one individual from Nantasket 
Beach in Hull, Plymouth County, MA, were donated to the Peabody Museum 
of Archaeology and Ethnology by Jeffries Wyman. The human remains were 
collected by Mr. Wyman at an unknown date. No known individual was 
identified. The 17 associated funerary objects are 16 shell-tempered 
pottery sherds and 1 lot of ceramic body sherds.
    In the Federal Register of August 14, 2003, at page 48631, 
paragraph number 9 is corrected by substituting the following 
paragraph:
    In 1881, human remains representing six individuals were removed 
from the Patuxet Hotel site in Kingston, Plymouth County, MA, by L. H. 
Keith and were donated to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and 
Ethnology by Mr. Keith in the same year. No known individuals were 
identified. The 18 associated funerary objects are 1 container of human 
hair and cloth, 1 container of cloth fragments, 1 container of iron 
nails, 1 container of wood fragments, 1 container of iron knife 
fragments, 1 metal spoon, 1 lot of textile and wood fragments with soil 
matrix, 2 kaolin clay pipes, 3 pieces of lead, 1 stone button mold, 3 
lead buttons, and 2 flint flakes.
    In the Federal Register of August 14, 2003, on page 48632, 
paragraph number 7 is corrected by substituting the following 
paragraph:
    In 1933, human remains representing one individual were removed 
from the Herring Weir area of Mattapoisett, Plymouth County, MA, and 
were donated to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology by 
Raymond H. Baxter. The human remains were discovered by men working in 
the area in 1932. No known

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individual was identified. The 11 associated funerary objects are 1 
fragmented copper kettle, 2 copper sheet fragments, 5 fragments of iron 
implements, 1 container of red clay, 1 container of skin and bark, and 
1 large fragment of a woven bag.
    In the Federal Register of August 14, 2003, on page 48633, 
paragraph numbers 9 and 10 are corrected by substituting the following 
paragraphs:
    Officials of 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 238 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 113 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 of 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 Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) of 
Massachusetts, and there is a cultural relationship between the human 
remains and associated funerary objects and the Assonet Band of the 
Wampanoag Nation (a non-federally recognized Indian group) and Mashpee 
Wampanoag Indian Tribe (a non-federally recognized Indian group).
    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 
January 8, 2007. Repatriation of the associated funerary objects to the 
Wampanoag Repatriation Confederation, on behalf of the Wampanoag Tribe 
of Gay Head (Aquinnah) of Massachusetts, Assonet Band of the Wampanoag 
Nation (a non-federally recognized Indian group), and Mashpee Wampanoag 
Indian Tribe (a non-federally recognized Indian group) may proceed 
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is responsible for 
notifying the Wampanoag Repatriation Confederation, Wampanoag Tribe of 
Gay Head (Aquinnah) of Massachusetts, Assonet Band of the Wampanoag 
Nation (a non-federally recognized Indian group), and Mashpee Wampanoag 
Indian Tribe (a non-federally recognized Indian group) that this notice 
has been published.

    Dated: November 9, 2006.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E6-20750 Filed 12-6-06; 8:45 am]

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