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Type: Paper
Paper Title: BEAUTIFUL BONES: REEMBODIMENT AND PERSONHOOD IN OSTEOLOGICAL PRACTICE
Author: JOHN MCCLELLAND (University of Arizona), JESSICA CEREZO-ROMAN   
Date/Time: Sat., 2:00 PM
Co-Author(s): JOHN MCCLELLAND (University of Arizona), JESSICA CEREZO-ROMAN 
Abstract: Bioarchaeological and osteological practice in the United States has been transformed by the legal and ethical requirements of repatriation. Historically, human remains have been retained in a permanent liminal state in museum collections where they were often separated from the objects that had been placed with the individual at death. The bones themselves were often dispersed into different storage locations by anatomical element. Repatriation is as much about restoring as returning, and in following this process, osteologists and museum curators are often faced with reassembling individuals and objects. As the individual is reembodied, osteologists alter their relationship to the deceased individual, conferring personhood on what they may have previously regarded as an object of study. There is now a new generation of osteologists who view as natural the circulation of deceased persons from the initial burial discovery through the laboratory and back to the ground. In this paper we examine the differing pathways they take and how differing concepts of personhood guide the process.

Program Number: 4-0665
Session Title: THEORETICAL ADVANCES IN CONTEMPORARY ARCHAEOLOGY
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Sat., 1:45 PM-3:30 PM
Organizer(s): ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM COMMITTEE (AAA) 
Chair(s): AMY GAZIN-SCHWARTZ (Assumption College)  
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