Written in Bone

Written in Bone

Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland

Book - 2009
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This book reports on the work of forensic scientists who are excavating grave sites in James Fort, in Jamestown, Virginia, to understand the people who lived in the Chesapeake Bay area in the 1600s and 1700s.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Carolrhoda Books, c2009
ISBN: 9780822571353
Characteristics: 144 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 28 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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