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The return of the natives. (Australian prehistory )

Ewing, Tania

Nature, August 9, 1990, Vol.346(6284), p.502(1) [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    The return of the natives. (Australian prehistory )
  • Autor: Ewing, Tania
  • Assuntos: Archaeology -- Australia ; Aboriginal Australians ; Antiquities
  • É parte de: Nature, August 9, 1990, Vol.346(6284), p.502(1)
  • Descrição: AUSTRALIAN PREHISTORY Sydney A demand by an Australian aboriginal group that a collection of ice age human remains, 10,000 to 15,000 years old, should be handed over for reburial has sparked criticisms that the government of the state of Victoria is sanctioning the destruction of priceless relics. The Aboriginal community has told the Museum of Victoria, which holds the remains, that the collection of over 100 bodies must be returned to them according to the provisions of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Heritage Protection Act of 1984, under which skeletal remains and sacred sites and artefacts receive federal protection (Nature 344, 697; 19 April 1990). Alan Thorne of the department of prehistory at the Australian National University, who excavated the remains between 1969 and 1972 and donated them to the Museum of Victoria in 1985, says that a decision to return the collection has been made by the Victorian Minister for the Arts, Andrew McCutcheon, who is responsible for the museum, the Victorian Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Brian Mier, and the Echuca Aboriginal Cooperative.

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