Federal Register / Vol. 58, No. 87 / Friday, May 7, 1993 / Notices 27309

   Notice of Completion of  Inventory of Native American Human  Remains and
   Associated Funerary Objects from Washington County, Rhode Island, in the
   Possession of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

   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 and associated funerary
   objects  in  the possession  of  the Peabody  Museum  from  one site  in
   Washington  County,   Rhode  Island.     Representatives  of  culturally
   affiliated  Indian  tribes  are  advised that  these  human  remains and
   associated funerary objects will be retained by the Peabody Museum until
   June 7, 1993 after which they may be repatriated to lineal descendant or
   the culturally affiliated group.

   The detailed  inventory and assessment  of human remains  and associated
   funerary  objects from this one Washington County  site has been made by
   the Collections Managers and Curatorial Associates at the Peabody Museum
   in consultation with representatives of  the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode

   The  collection was  retrieved from  two graves  on the  Ninigret Burial
   Hill, also called the  Indian Burial Hill in Charlestown,  Rhode Island.
   Between 1857 and 1861 persons unknown dug up the northernmost grave, and
   around 1863  Usher Parsons, M.D.,  dug into  the adjacent  grave.   Some
   human  remains  and associated  funerary  objects  resulting from  these
   activities  eventually found  their way  into the  collections  of Brown
   University, and from there  in 1923 to the Peabody Museum, Harvard, when
   Brown deccessed its collections.

   From  the first  grave  came  an  adult female  human  cranium  (PM  23-
   6-10/60374/471),  a silver  chain in  two pieces,  2 fragments  of brass
   soles and one leather sole, fragments of kettle bales, the  remnant of a
   knife, 2 circle pins, one oval shaped metal ring, a fragment of glass, a
   hollow  glass stem  containing liquid,  a silver  or pewter  vessel with
   handles  and  a  link   chain,  and  a  corroded  brass   container  (PM
   23-6-10/94193-94200).   From the second  grave came an  adult male human
   femur (PM 23-6- 10/60375). There are no associated funerary objects with
   the femur.

   The  artefacts  at the  Peabody and  other  artefacts reported  by Usher
   Parsons give a  date for the  northernmost burial as  around 1660.  This
   evidence when  taken in conjunction  with the name  of the burial  plot,
   historical and other local  information reported by Usher and  others is
   strong evidence that  the individuals represented are Ninigret I, Sachem
   of the Iliantics, and an unmarried daughter.

   In the years since the burials were made, the Niantics  have merged with
   the  Narragansett. There  are  believed to  be  descendants of  Ninigret
   resident in the area today.
   This  notice has  been  sent to  officials  of the  Narragansett  tribe.
   Representatives  of any other Indian  group which believes  itself to be
   descended  from the individuals described above should get in touch with
   David Pilbeam, Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity  Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138,
   telephone: (617) 495-2248

   Dated:  April 21, 1993

   Francis P. McManamon
   Departmental Consulting Archeologist
   Chief, Archeological Assistance Division
   [FR Doc 93-10848 Filed 5-6-93; 8:45 am]
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