Written in Bone

Written in Bone

Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland

Book - 2009
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Join author Sally M. Walker as she works alongside scientists investigating colonial-era graves near Jamestown, Virginia: a teenage boy, a ship's captain, an indentured servant, a colonial official and his family, and an enslaved African girl. All are reaching beyond the grave to tell us their stories, which are written in bone.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Carolrhoda Books, c2009
ISBN: 9780822571353
Branch Call Number: j614.17 WAL
Characteristics: 144 p. ; col. ill. ; 29 cm

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Jan 03, 2016

I'm not sure how readable this is for a smaller kid but if they are interested in forensics, this may be the book for them. Well illustrated and straightforward, it covers this dig in a simple but effective manner. There are a couple of "soft" spots where the author is a little mealy-mouthed - slavery, for one, and Native peoples, for another - but he's not entirely off base. I would definitely let the kids have a go then discuss it with them.

Forensic anthropologists use state-of-the-art methods to look at the bodies of people who lived in the 1600s and 1700s, trying to find out who they were, how they lived—and how they died. Illus. with photos.

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