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Collecting the Dead : Archaeology and the Reburial Issue - Cressida Fforde

Collecting the Dead

Archaeology and the Reburial Issue

Paperback Published: 23rd September 2004
ISBN: 9780715632840
Number Of Pages: 208

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The controversial 'reburial issue' first developed about thirty years ago when some indigenous groups started to campaign for the return of their ancestral human remains from museums and collecting institutions, and these requests were refused. Since then, museums in some countries have responded positively to repatriation requests while those in others continue to refuse them. This incisive book provides the reader with what has been generally missing in the current debate and available literature - a detailed historical understanding of how and why these collections were amassed, and the responses of indigenous groups and collectors at the time. The book focusses particularly on Australia as a background to its documentation and examination of the issue. The reburial question has had wide repercussions for all involved. Today, the topic is of continuing relevance for archaeologists, anthropologists and museum professionals, as well as for many indigenous groups worldwide. The issue highlights two very different approaches to items which hold exceptional importance in many cultures - human remains.It is also about the relationship between science and the people whose past is the subject of academic enquiry, and how the sometimes hegemonic nature of this relationship has, through the issue documented here, relentlessly bubbled to the surface. What may appear at first a simple clash of interests is thus revealed to have many deeper aspects.

The analysis of human difference from Hippocrates to Darwinp. 7
Evolution, the great collections and the tenacity of 'race'p. 27
Collecting the deadp. 43
Response and motivationp. 61
Implications and contextp. 77
Reburial : the development of an issuep. 89
Fossils and ancestorsp. 105
The repatriation issue in the UKp. 119
Recent developments in the UKp. 135
Discussionp. 153
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ISBN: 9780715632840
ISBN-10: 0715632841
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 23rd September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1