[Federal Register: July 14, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 134)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items From Taunton, MA in
the Possession of the Robbins Museum of Archaeology, Middleboro, MA

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice is hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act, 43 CFR 10.10 (a)(3), of the intent to repatriate
cultural items from Taunton, MA in the possession of the Robbins Museum
of Archaeology, Middleboro, MA which meet the definition of
``unassociated funerary objects'' under Section 2 of the Act.
    The cultural items consist of a small castellated pot and a copper
or brass sheet metal spoon.
    In 1952, Maurice Robbins removed these cultural items from a burial
at the Wampanucket site, Taunton and Lakeville, MA. In 1985, Mr.
Robbins donated these items to the Robbins Museum of Archaeology.
    Based on continuities of material culture and manner of interments,
the Wampanucket site has been identified as a Wampanoag cemetery area
used from the early Woodland period into the early postcontact period.
Consultation with representatives of the Wampanoag Repatriation
Confederacy indicate these cultural items are consistent with
traditional Wampanoag burial practices.
    Officials of the Robbins Museum of Archaeology have determined
that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2)(ii), these two cultural items 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 and are believed, by a preponderance of the evidence, to have
been removed from a specific burial site of an Native American
individual. Officials of the Robbins 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
items and the Wampanoag Repatriation Confederacy on behalf of the
Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah).
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Wampanoag
Repatriation Confederacy on behalf of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head
(Aquinnah). Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these objects should contact
John Pretola, c/o Robbins Museum of Archaeology, P.O. Box 700,
Middleboro, MA 2346099005; telephone (508) 947099005 before August 13,
1998. Repatriation of these objects to the Wampanoag Repatriation
Confederacy on behalf of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) may
begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: July 8, 1998.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Deputy Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-18689 Filed 7-13-98; 8:45 am]
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