Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American  Human Remains from
          Maine in the Possession of the Robert Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, ME.

          AGENCY:   National Park Service, Interior.

          ACTION:   Notice.          ______________________________________________________________________

          Notice is  hereby given  in accordance with  provisions of  the Native
          American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d), of
          the  completion of  an inventory of  human remains from  four sites in
          Hancock County, ME, in  the possession of the Robert Abbe  Museum, Bar
          Harbor, ME.

          A detailed inventory  and assessment of  these human remains has  been
          made by the curatorial staff of  the Robert Abbe Museum and contracted
          specialists   in   physical   anthropology,   in   consultation   with
          representatives  of the  Penobscot Nation,  Aroostook Bank  of Micmac,
          Houlton Band  of Maliseet, and the  Passamaquoddy Nation, collectively
          identified hereafter as the Wabanaki Tribes of Maine.

          The partial  remains of  six individuals were  acquired by  the Robert
          Abbe  Museum between  1931 and  1945  in archeological  excavations of
          three  prehistoric  shell middens  in  Hancock  County, ME.    Partial
          remains  from three individuals  were recovered between  1931 and 1936
          from  ME Site  44.12A.   The  partial remains  of one  individual were
          recovered  in  1939 from  ME  Site  44.25.    Partial remains  of  two
          individuals were  recovered between 1941 and  1945 from ME  Site 44.6.
          Radiocarbon dates  from ME Site  44.6 yielded dates  of 955 BP  +/- 75
          years and  1,120 BP  +/- 80  years.  The  radiocarbon dates  and other
          archeological evidence indicate that  all six individuals lived during          the Late Prehistoric Period (1000 AD - 1500 AD).

          A  human  cranium and  maxilla  were  acquired  via donation  from  H.
          Lawrence Angel in 1946.  Mr. Angel indicated that he had collected the
          human remains from ME Site 31.31, another prehistoric  shell midden in
          Hancock County, ME.   These remains are  also judged to be  associated
          with the Late Prehistoric Period occupation of ME Site 31.31.

          Inventory  of  the  human  remains  and  review  of  the  accompanying
          documentation indicates  that no funerary objects  associated with the
          above  mentioned human  remains are  part  of the  collections of  the
          Robert Abbe Museum.  No known individuals were identifiable.

          The   Archaeological  Advisory   Committee  of   the   Maine  Historic
          Preservation  Program has found it reasonable  to trace a shared group
          identity from the  Late Prehistoric Period inhabitants of  Maine as an
          undivided whole to the four modern Indian tribes known collectively as
          the Wabanaki  Tribes of  Maine on the  basis of  geographic proximity;
          survivals of  stone, ceramic  and perishable material  culture skills;
          and probable linguistic continuity across the Late Prehistoric/Contact
          Period boundary.

          Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Robert Abbe
          Museum have  determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is
          a relationship of shared group identity which can be reasonably traced          between these human remains and the Wabanaki Tribes of Maine.

          This  notice has  been sent  to  officials of  the Wabanaki  Tribes of
          Maine.   Representatives  of  any other  Indian  tribe which  believes





          itself  to be culturally  affiliated with  these human  remains should
          contact Rebecca Cole-Will,  Curator, The Robert Abbe Museum,  P.O. Box
          286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, telephone: (207) 288-3519 before August 19,
          1994.

          Dated: July 14, 1994



          Francis P. McManamon, Ph.D.
          Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
          Chief, Archeological Assistance Division
          [FR Doc. 94-17582 Filed 7-19-94; 8:45 am]
          BILLING CODE 4310-70-F
          Federal Register/Vol. 59, No. 138/Wednsday, July 20, 1994/Notices37052

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