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Beneath the Skin: The Skeleton Within


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Film Description:Mortuary practice, body position, and objects associated with the skeleton in the graveā€”all can give valuable insights into the lives of peoples in the past. The 1940 excavation at Sitio Conte exposed a mass human grave and associated skeletal materials of tremendous ritual importance. At the time, the skeletons could not be excavated safely; only photographs survive of the skeletons when they were first exposed. Dr. Janet Monge, Associate Curator-in-Charge and Keeper, Physical Anthropology Section, speaks about the great challenge to physical anthropologists when working with only records to try to reconstruct the life history of people who now only exist as photographic outlines or shadows on the soil.
Video Category:Lecture
Video Date:05/10/2015
Contributor: Janet Monge
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