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Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown…

Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland… (edition 2009)

by Sally M. Walker (Author)

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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.
Title:Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland (Exceptional Social Studies Titles for Intermediate Grades)
Authors:Sally M. Walker (Author)
Info:Carolrhoda Books ® (2009), Edition: Illustrated, 144 pages
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Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland by Sally M. Walker


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Just as forensic science can help solve crimes, it can also help us to understand our past. is is a look at how scientists used modern techniques to unlock the clues of the past in Jamestown, Virginia, and in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay area
  NCSS | Jul 23, 2021 |
I picked up my copy of Written in Bone at the Smithsonian museum in D.C. several years ago. It coincided with an exhibit they were displaying of several of the skeletons mentioned in the book. Though the book may be geared towards older children, it still has quite a bit of information and a wide enough appeal to be a great read for adults. ( )
  BookishHooker | Dec 16, 2019 |
This book shows and explains how archaeologists discovered some of the little-known facts of colonial Maryland, from the bones of those that had lived then. First, we have a teenage boy, who was estimated to have been about eighteen or nineteen years old, which scientists could tell by his leg and arm bones, and his teeth. Next is a ship's captain, who was buried with an iron pike, proving his importance in the colonies. Third is an obviously mistreated indentured servant, who was buried, clearly in a hurry, in a trash heap. He must have worked hard, because he had bone development that showed muscle growth from hard work. Fourth is a colonial official with his family, only they aren't buried all together; they are all buried in separate, though fitting, literally, lead coffins, in which the archaeologists hoped to find some seventeenth-century air. Lastly is an African slave girl, who was buried around 1726-1776, judging from a brass button on the man buried near her.

I give this book five stars because it went into great detail on how the scientists discovered who people were. It talked about using their teeth, their arm and leg bones, and even their skulls to tell how old someone is and what gender they are. They could also tell what ethnicity a person was, judging by their skull features, like if their teeth stick out or not. I really enjoyed this book, because it told me how archaeologists really do things, not just what they discovered. Most books just cover what they find, but not how they find it or how they came to their conclusions. At the start of each dig, the teams are always hopeful, but I'm sure they're ecstatic when they really find something that helps discovery along. All in all, definitely recommend this to any and all. ( )
  LeilaR.B2 | May 2, 2018 |
Forensic archaeologists explore 17th and 18th century burial sites of the Chesapeake Bay, including near Jamestown, VA. The lives of several colonial Americans are examined, including a teenager, a ship's captain, a white indentured servant, a wealthy family, and a farm worker. One of the most interesting accounts is that of an indentured servant whose body was dumped in the basement of the plantation house, among the contents of the chamber pots. A pottery shard shows that the body was crammed into the basement using the pot. In the book, readers learn the processes that forensic archaeologists use--looking at bone formation, teeth, burial materials. Much can be learned--lifestyle, diet, threats, status, traditions, rituals, illnesses, even testing the air in a sealed, led coffin could lead to environmental discoveries. Timelines and a bibliography are also included in this book.
  StacyWright | Jul 26, 2017 |
About an archaeological dig, this book looks into the lives of people who lived in colonial America through the study of forensic science.
  tbeard76 | Aug 2, 2016 |
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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.

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