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FAQ - Owning Skulls


1) Aren't human bones illegal?

It is perfectly legal possess and to sell Human Bones in the United States. One of the main sources of confusion on this issue is that prior to 1987, the majority of human bones for sale here and in other countries were prepared in India. In 1987, India stopped its exportation of human bones. Many US news sources phrased it as a ban on the sale of human bones rather than as a ban on exportation from one particular country with no effect on United States laws.

Once India stopped exporting human bones China took over as the main supplier of human bones to the United States. However, just prior to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing China too stopped exporting human material. No other country has yet stepped up and material is much more scarce than it once was, but a decent number of bones from India and China still remain in the United States and may be freely sold.

A secondary source of confusion are the myriad of laws relating to archaeological resources. Certain material, such as those from Native Americans covered under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (http://www.cr.nps.gov/nagpra/MANDATES/25USC3001etseq.htm), are illegal to buy or sell and in some cases possess. However,these laws do not apply to most modern human bones from non-Native populations.

In short, there is no law at the U.S. Federal level prohibiting you from having a human bone in your possession. The fact that some people believe there is or believe there should be such a law is irrelevant.

This is not to say that such laws do not exist in other countries, or at the local level. For example, three US states, New York, Georgia & Tennessee, all have independent State Laws prohibiting the import or export of human remains across their state lines. While we work hard to remain current, laws are passed worldwide faster that the human mind can track or comprehend, so you must be responsible to know your local laws before ordering.

2) Can I will my skull to you so that you can engrave it?

Yes but it will require you to make some pre-mortem changes in your will as well as designating a portion of your money whether it's from life insurance of savings. Usually, the person simply adds to their will that they would like to have their skeleton cleaned through my service and returned to whomever. We do require a letter from a physician stating that the person was free of communicable disease at the time of death and a post-mortem serology report is required, which tests for HIV 1 and 2. and Hepatitis B and C. Also the body can not be preserved or embalmed in any way. Other than that it is simply a matter of having a funeral home on their end contact the funeral home I designate to arrange for transportation. Usually the entire person comes here, the parts to be cleaned are collected and then Jthe rest is cremated.

The cost for the services offered by itself, are $1000 for the cleaning of the skull alone, $5200 for the cleaning of the entire disarticulated skeleton and $7600 for the cleaning and articulation of the entire skeleton. You should make these wishes known to whom ever will be in charge of carrying them out and have them contact us within 24 hrs of the person's death. There also might be as much as $2000 in charges for cremated unneeded tissues.

There is a 1000.00 non refundable reservation fee to be added to the list of people who are requesting this as well as a 2500 fee for the carving. Price is for the skull carving only and not the whole skeleton.

3) Do you buy skulls?

Yes we do... at times. We require that a bill of sale from your purchase or some sort of verification as to where you purchased the skull as well as age and geographical location.

4) Do you trade skulls?


It depends on the skull. Send pictures of what you have and what you would like to trade for.
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