Saturday, December 26, 2009

Glen Cove

The Glen Cove Shellmound was paved over long ago and topped by homes
and condos overlooking the 15-acre Glen Cove Waterfront Park. Many
ancestral bones were removed from a burial site in the park in the 1900s
and were last donated to UC Berkeley in 1952, said Judson King, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology interim director.


King said the Hearst Museum has not received a claim for the
repatriation of remains taken from the Glen Cove burial grounds,
which come from the Ohlone/Costanoans. They are one of more than 50
unrecognized tribes in California, many of which have been displaced
from highly urbanized or disputed regions.

The Native Graves Protection and Repatriation Act “says they
only can be returned to recognized tribes. If there is no such affiliation,
then we can’t do it unless they are able to gain an exception from the national
NAGPRA which takes a really large case,” King said.

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