African skulls probe
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