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Maori skulls returned by Lund

Published fredag 29 april 2011 kl 17.08

Three Maori skulls kept for over a hundred years at Sweden's Lund University have been packed in boxes and handed back to New Zealand's National Museum at a repatriation ceremony today.

The New Zealand Ambassador for Sweden and representatives from the National Museum of New Zealand were there to collect the Maori remains which were taken from New Zealand in 1876 and ended up at the department of history at Lund University for study.

Michelle Hippolite, leading the delegation from New Zealand which is carrying out the repatriation project told Swedish Radio;

"It is a sad and happy day, with every sad day comes enlightenment to another realm," she said.

The delegation will continue on their journey to repatriate Maori remains from Norway, Germany and France. There are an estimated 500 Maori remains at different museums in Europe, the results of an extensive trade in human remains of indigeoneous people during the 1800's.

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