Notice of Inventory  Completion for Native  American Human Remains  and
        Associated  Funerary Objects from Hancock County, ME, in the Control of
        the National Park Service.

        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
        completion of  the inventory of  human remains and  associated funerary
        objects from  a site in Hancock  County, ME, that are  presently in the
        control of the National Park Service.

        A detailed inventory  and assessment  of these human  remains has  been
        made by National Park  Service curatorial staff, contracted specialists
        in    physical   anthropology    and   prehistoric    archeology,   and
        representatives  of the  Penobscot  Nation, Aroostook  Band of  Micmac,
        Houlton  Band of  Maliseet,  and the  Passamaquoddy Nation,  identified
        collectively hereafter as the Wabanaki Tribes of Maine.

        The  partial remains  of  at least  seven  individuals (including  five
        adults, one  subadult, and  one child)  were recovered in  1977 from  a
        single  grave at the Fernald Point Site  (ME Site 43-24), a prehistoric
        shell  midden on  Mount Desert  Island, within  the boundary  of Acadia
        National Park.    A bone  harpoon head,  a modified  beaver tooth,  and
        several animal and fish  bone fragments were found associated  with the
        eight individuals.  Radiocarbon  assays indicate the burial site  dates
        between  1035-1155  AD.   The  human  remains and  associated  funerary
        objects  have  been catalogued  as ACAD-5747,  5749, 5750,  5751, 5752,
        5783, 5784.   The partial remains of  an eighth individual (an  elderly
        male)  was also recovered  in 1977 from  a second grave  at the Fernald
        Point  Site.  No associated  funerary objects were  recovered with this
        individual.  Radiocarbon  assays indicate the second  burial site dates
        between 480-680 AD.   The human remains have  been catalogued as  ACAD-
        5748.   The human remains and  associated funerary objects of  all nine
        individuals are currently in the possession of the University of Maine,
        Orono, ME.

        Inventory  of the  human  remains and  associated funerary  objects and
        review  of  the  accompanying  documentation indicates  that  no  known
        individuals were identifiable.  A representative of the Wabanaki Tribes
        of Maine  has identified the  Acadia National Park  area as  a historic
        gathering place for his people and stated his belief that there  exists
        a relationship  of shared group identity between  these individuals and
        the  Wabanaki Tribes  of Maine.   The  Prehistoric Subcommittee  of the
        Maine  State  Historic  Preservation  Office's  Archaeological Advisory
        Committee has found it reasonable to trace a shared group identity from
        the Late Prehistoric Period  (1000-1500 AD) 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.  In a 1979 article, Dr. David Sanger, the archeologist
        who  conducted the  1977  excavations at  the  Fernald Point  Site  and
        uncovered the abovementioned burials, recognizes a relationship between
        Maine  sites dating to the Ceramic Period  (2,000 B.P. - 1600 A.D.) and
        present-day Algonkian speakers  generally known as Abenakis,  including
        the Micmac, Maleseet, Passamaquoddy, Penboscot, Kennebec, and Pennacook
        groups.

        Based  on the above  mentioned information,  officials of  the National
        Park  Service 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 associated funerary
        objects 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 and associated funerary
        objects  should contact  Len Bobinchock, Acting  Superintendent, Acadia
        National Park, P.O.  Box 177,  Bar Harbor, ME  04609, telephone:  (207)
        288-0374,  before August 31, 1994.  Repatriation of these human remains
        and associated funerary  objects to  the Wabanaki Tribes  of Maine  may
        begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

        Dated: July 21, 1994





        Francis P. McManamon, Ph.D.
        Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
        Chief, Archeological Assistance Division
        [FR Doc. 94-18388 Filed 7-29-94; 8:45 am]
        BILLING CODE 4310-70-F
        Federal Register/Vol.59, No.146/Monday, August 1, 1994/Notices 38987

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