Native american burial sites dating back 5000 years

02-Jan-2018 17:30

There is a much broader issue of who owns the past and who has the right to provide an interpretation of the archaeological remains of other people.

The USA has had problematic relations with Native American groups since the colonisation of the West in the eighteenth and especially nineteenth centuries.

It contained bones from at least two people buried from 800 BC- 800 AD and artifacts including bowl fragments and a pipe.

"There was an exquisite ceramic pipe that was nearly perfect and had very interesting geometric detail on it, " said archaeologist David Thompson. It was about four inches long." The bones have been turned over to a forensic anthropologist for examination.

When quartz crystallizes in various cryptocrystalline forms such as jasper, chert, flint, quartzite, or even silica-rich metarhyolite, the rock fractures to form sharp edges.

Other groups do not believe that we have a right, as archaeologists, to excavate where and what we like, and that we must return what we have 'taken'.The skeletal remains of many indigenous societies, especially Native Americans (north and south), Australian Aborigines, New Zealand Maoris and others have been excavated by archaeologists and others.