Monday, July 7, 2008

Aboriginal remains handed over in Scotland

An Aboriginal delegation is heading home from Scotland after taking back the remains of their ancestors, which were taken from Australia more than 100 years ago.

The remains, including six skulls and an ear bone, were handed back in a small private ceremony in Edinburgh.

The four-person delegation from South Australia's Ngarrindjeri people burned eucalyptus leaves in a smoking ceremony at Edinburgh University.

The ritual marked the end of a decade-long fight to repatriate the remains, which were acquired by the university more than 100 years ago.

After the handover of a fragment of bone from a woman's ear, the delegation moved on to the nearby Museum of Scotland to collect six human skulls, also dating back to the 19th century.


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