Monday, September 24, 2012

Make no bones about it

I found this one this morning:
"The Massachusetts Unmarked Burial Law protects unmarked burials or cemeteries of any
cultural affiliation over 100 years old on both public and private lands, but applies to skeletal
remains only and does not include grave goods. Whenever possible burials are left in situ, but when
reburial is necessary the costs are borne by the disturber. A period of one year is allowed for scientific investigation with the the option of consultation if a longer period is needed..."
From: An Archaeological Landscape in Narragansett, Rhode Island: Point Judith Upper Pond. Alan Leveillee and Burr Harrison page 58 (1996)
"Maugua the Bear in Northeastern Indian Mythology and Archaeology" is interesting too.


pwax said...

I figure the bones are long since gone from the mounds where they rested. Possibly they were removed or possibly they leached away.

Tim MacSweeney said...

"The bones are rare in the acidic soil," is what they say first. Then they tell you, There's no bones ever found in any excavated piles." Just like "Catch 22."