Chapter 29: Storage of Human Remains

Dr. Nancy Odegaard, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, 1013 E. University Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85721-0026 USA; Dr. Vicki Cassman, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716-2515 USA

Human remains are often accessioned artifacts in museums and other cultural institutions. However, there is awkwardness and a general discomfort with the idea that human remains are property with titles that can be transferred. Due to this discomfort this chapter is devoted to risk management and in particular storage of human remains and their contexts. The care of human remains must begin at excavation, discovery, or donation. Care continues through long-term storage, consultations, or repatriation. A variety of interested parties should always be involved with the preventive care and risk management of human remains.

Key words: human remains, legislation, risk management, respect, consent