Re: Early Amerind assimilation (Was: Re: Romans in the New World?)

Wayne R. Foote (
Tue, 06 Aug 1996 16:04:46 -0400

Mary Beth Williams wrote:

> Hence, it becomes very important for
> the physical anthropologist to have direct access to the remains in
> question. THAT is why I have made such a fuss over the availability of
> European/African remains, which, unlike Native American remains, are
> seldom left on institutional shelves for future anthropologists to
> study.
> MB Williams
> Dept. of Anthro., UMass-Amherst
> MB Williams


The issue of reinterment of human remains seems to be very emotional
to many. As a professional are you advocating rapid reinterment of
all remains, treatment of European/African remains as Native American
remains are presently treated, or some other alternative?

In asking this question it is not my purpose to make you the target of
on faction or the other. I hope it dosn't work out that way. My aim is
to explore this issue. I am not an archaeologist, but this is ultimately
a legislative issue that will not be determined by archaeolgists.


This does not constitute a legal opinion on any specific set of facts.
This is not legal advice.
This is a discussion regarding a hypothetical situation.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." M. L. King, Jr.