Sweden returns to Polynesia ancient skulls extracted in the 19th century

Sweden returns to Polynesia ancient skulls extracted in the 19th century

Ten human skulls which were collected in the 19th century in French Polynesia by Swedish explorers, members of a group of indigenous Polynesians have been returned at a ceremony in Sweden.

The skulls were brought to Sweden in 1884 by the Swedish archaeologistHjalmar stolpe, and have been kept in the universities of Stockholm and Uppsala.

University authorities have worked together with the Polynesian Association Tepuna Te Tura for the repatriation of the remains. The skulls will now be buried in the Marquesas Islands.


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