African skulls probe

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG: Ger­many has launched a two-year study to de­ter­mine the prove­nance of more than 1 000 hu­man skulls, mostly from Rwanda, which were brought to Europe dur­ing the colo­nial era for racial “sci­en­tific” re­search.

The skulls were sent to Ger­many by ex­pe­di­tion forces around 1907-8 for an an­thro­pol­o­gist who was study­ing the de­vel­op­ment of mankind.

But the study was aban­doned as Ger­many be­came in­volved in the two world wars.

The skulls were sub­se­quently turned over to the Prus­sian Cul­tural Her­itage Foun­da­tion in 2011. – ANA

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