[Federal Register: September 28, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 187)]
[Notices]
[Page 51589]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from New London County, CT in the Possession of the Robert S. Peabody
Museum of Archaeology, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

AGENCY: National Park Service.

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 from New London
County, CT in the possession of the Robert S. Peabody Museum of
Archaeology, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Robert S.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe of Connecticut.
    In 1921 or 1922, human remains representing six individuals were
recovered from the Ecclestone site, Noank, CT during Robert S. Peabody
Museum excavations conducted by Warren K. Moorehead, museum curator. No
known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    Based on the Ecclestone site report, these individuals have been
determined to be Native American. A 1921 newspaper article indicates
the Ecclestone site is an ``Indian burying ground'' located along the
Mystic River, southwest of Mystic, CT. The Ecclestone site is located
centrally in the area where principal Pequot villages existed from the
late Woodland to the early historic period.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Robert
S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of six individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of
the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology have also 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 the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Tribe of Connnecticut.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Mashantucket Pequot
Indian Tribe of Connnecticut. Representatives of any other Indian tribe
that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human
remains should contact James W. Bradley, Director, Robert S. Peabody
Museum of Archaeology, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA 01810; telephone:
(978) 749-4490, before October 28, 1998. Repatriation of the human
remains to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe of Connecticut may begin after
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: September 14, 1998.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-25807 Filed 9-25-98; 8:45 am]
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