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Repatriation and Erasing the Past

Elizabeth Weiss and James W. Springer


Engaging a longstanding controversy important to archaeologists and indigenous communities, Repatriation and Erasing the Past takes a critical look at laws that mandate the return of human remains from museums and laboratories to ancestral burial grounds. Anthropologist Elizabeth Weiss and attorney James Springer offer scientific and legal perspectives on the way repatriation laws impact research. Weiss discusses how anthropologists draw conclusions about past peoples through their study of skeletons and mummies and argues that continued curation of human remains is important. Springer reviews ... More

Keywords: archaeologists, human remains, NAGPRA, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, repatriation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781683401575
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683401575.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Weiss, author
San Jose State University

James W. Springer, author
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana