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Request concerning photogrammetric analyses in the MSCA IF project “Iceland: Physical Anthropology, Composition and Evolution” (2018/292)

On 24th September 2018, The National Committee for Research Ethics on Human Remains received a request from PhD Kimberly Plomp, Faculty Department of Archaeology, Classic and Egyptology, University of Liverpool, concerning photogrammetric analyses in the MSCA IF project “Iceland: Physical Anthropology, Composition and Evolution”.Plomp’s project is funded by Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (MSCA IF).Listed as collaborators are Prof. Keith Dobney, Department of Archaeology, Classics, and Egyptology, University of Liverpool; Prof. Mark Collard, Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University; Prof. Neil Price, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Uppsala; and Dr. Hildur Gestdottir - Department of Archaeology, University of Iceland.In addition to the committee’s form for ethical evaluation of research on human remains, these documents were sent: project description, an ethical assessment and a permission from Institute for Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo (signed by Prof. Svend Davanger).The permission to use the material from the Schreiner Collections, signed by Prof. Svend Davanger, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences (IMBS), Faculty of Medicine (UiO) states that: “The Institute of Basic Medical Sciences hereby approves the performance of photogrammetry technique and subsequent geometric morphometric analysis on adult crania, including fragmented pieces, provided that approval is obtained from The National Committee for Research Ethics on Human Remains”.The request was evaluated by the committee in its 7th December 2018 meeting. The committee concluded that more information and a more thorough ethical self-assessment were needed before it could evaluate the request properly. On 13th December 2018 Plomp was asked to: provide specifications about the skeletal material included in the study and the selection criteria, clarify whether permission from the museum collections with ownership to the material had been sought, investigate the provenance of the Inuit material, give more thorough ethical reflections on studying groups connected to a history of oppression, humiliation and stigmatisation, and consider the use of a method similar to a method associated to race biology (craniometry). On 14th March 2019 the committee received a response from Plomp to the committee’s review together with a list of crania from the Schreiner collection she will include in her project. The committee reviewed Plomp’s response and sent the evaluation to Plomp 1st April 2019. On 27th May 2019 Plomp sent a revised request, which was evaluated by the committee and sent to Plomp on 21th June 2019.