[Federal Register: February 2, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 21)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects from the Torribio Site, Sandoval
County, NM in the Possession of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/
Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM

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), 43CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects from Sandoval County, NM in the possession of the
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/ Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum
of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Museum of
Indian Arts and Culture professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Pueblo of Zia.
    In 1969, human remains representing two individuals were removed
from the Torribio site (LA 9193) during legally authorized excavations
conducted by Museum of New Mexico staff during a New Mexico State
Highway and Transportation Department work project (permitted by the
National Park Service under the Federal Antiquities Act). No known
individuals were identified. The seven associated funerary objects
include ceramic pots, shell beads, and turquoise beads.
    Based on the associated funerary objects and archeological context,
the Torribio site has been identified as a Pueblo II occupation dating
between 900-1100 A.D. Further, the Torribio site is located on Pueblo
of Zia tribal lands, and based on continuity of occupation and oral
tradition presented by representatives of the Pueblo of Zia, is also
culturally affiliated with the Pueblo of Zia.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Museum
of New Mexico 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 Museum of New
Mexico have also determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the
seven 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 Museum of
New Mexico have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is
a relationship of shared group identity which can be reasonably traced
between these Native American human remains and associated funerary
objects and the Pueblo of Zia.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Pueblo of Zia.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated funerary
objects should contact Mr. David Hayden or Ms. Sibel Melik, NAGPRA
staff, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Museum of New Mexico, P.O.
Box 2087, Santa Fe, NM 87504-2087; telephone: (505) 827-6344, before
March 4, 1998. Repatriation of the human remains and associated
funerary objects to the Pueblo of Zia  may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.
Dated: January 28, 1998.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-2457 Filed 1-30-98; 8:45 am]
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