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University of Aberdeen will return Maori heads

Nine tattooed Maori heads are to be returned to New Zealand by the University of Aberdeen.

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Maori heads returned to homeland
Jan 29 2007

A collection of Maori warrior heads which have gathered dust in a British museum for nearly two centuries are being returned to their ancestral homeland.

The University of Aberdeen has agreed to repatriate the preserved human remains to New Zealand.

The nine tattooed Maori heads (toi moko) have been in the university’s Marischal Museum since the 1820s.