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Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland (Exceptional Social Studies Titles for Intermediate Grades) Library Binding – February 1, 2009
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Many times when going into the past "archaeologists try to fill in the gaps in the historical record." Owsley, a "leading forensic anthropologist," was an essential member of the Jamestown Rediscovery and other similar projects. In this marvelous book we follow him in his quest to discover our American heritage through bones. He would examine the skeletons "in situ" (in place) before removing them from their graves. In this book we rediscover important men and women like Sir Lionel Copley, the "first royal governor of Maryland," and his wife Anne who were buried in extremely rare lead coffins. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we find a young teen who was buried in a trash pit underneath William Neale's house. Now his bones told the tale of a life of hard labor and from the look of things he may have been murdered. Hmmmm, where's Owsley?
I was utterly entranced by this book. There are numerous "unsolved" mysteries in this book, until Douglas Owsley takes a look that is. The writing is excellent. The book is peppered with photographs, sidebars and diagrams that grace almost every page.Read more ›
Things that your family will learn about:
+why skeletons buried in clay soil deteriorate
+why skeletons buried in sandy soil are better preserved
+how and why bones and artifacts are examined in situ
+how scientists can determine the age of the deceased through bones, teeth, skulls
+how scientists can determine male or female, diet, national origin
+how can you detect tooth decay after 400 years? what do infected teeth look like?
+how copper discolors bone and soil
+how a hasty basement burial may indicate mistreatment of one deceased colonist
+how does heavy manual labor manifest itself in the bones?
+how does rickets manifest itself in the bones?
+how do scientists use ground penetrating radar? What can it show, and what can it not?
+when and why do scientitsts make guesses, and how do they confirm their hypotheses?
+how can scientists and artists work together to reconstruct a person's face, using a skull found in a grave?
This book, with its extraordinary photography and in-depth, careful scientific explanations, makes for compelling reading.
If your family enjoys this type of book, consider reading "Phineas Gage" by John Fleischman.
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