The College Fix 18 Dec, 2020 21:30 am

Academics call for cancellation of university-published archaeology book

Academics call for cancellation of university-published archaeology book
Academics around North America have called for a new book published by the University Press of Florida to be discontinued, calling it “racist garbage.” The book…

The authors, anthropologist Elizabeth Weiss and attorney James Springer, take a “critical look at laws that mandate the return of human remains from museums and laboratories to ancestral burial grounds,” according to the book’s promotional materials.“Weiss discusses how anthropologists draw conclusions about past peoples through their study of skeletons and mummies and argues that continued curation of human remains is important,” according to the book’s description.But Native American activists have attempted to stop research into human remains, even if they are thousands of years old and have only a tentative relationship with the indigenous peoples they represent.” The book, “Repatriation and Erasing the Past,” delves into a three-decade old federal law known as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, which generally governs how researchers and archaeologists must treat the bones of Native Americans when they are found.

MORE: Grad student union says ‘BLT Sandwich’ painted on campus rock is a threat to Native Americans Like The College Fix on Facebook / Follow us on Twitter p p pConsequently, Weiss and Springer’s book has been vocally denounced, with the University of Victoria, Canada calling it “reactionary” and “alarmist.

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