Book Chapter

Repatriation Research: Archives and the Recovery of History and Heritage

C Fforde, L ORMOND-PARKER, P Turnbull

Heritage, Ancestry and Law: Principles, Policies and Practices in Dealing with Historical Human Remains | Institute of Art and Law | Published : 2015


This paper explores the significance of museum archives in the repatriation movement. Drawing on the experience of three researchers involved in repatriation research and historical analysis since the early 1990s, the paper will consider the importance of archives for repatriation practice and the information they can reveal about the collecting enterprise and the Indigenous response to the removal of the dead. We draw attention to the use of archives to locate and provenance human remains and how such research has contributed to knowledge about methods of acquisition and scientific use, as well as how the removal of remains was connected to European scientific and colonial ambitions during ..

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