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Shouldering the Load

Close-up shot of Dr. Doug Owsley of the National Museum of Natural History holding a African American skull found in Maryland
A team of anthropologists, led by Dr. Doug Owsley of the National Museum of Natural History, uncover African American colonial remains in Maryland, including of a young woman. Doug explains what the...

Skeleton Keys

A display showing skeletons of different sizes and how they grow to describe how anthropologists analyze human remains.
Informational video about how human skeletons grow, reviewing characteristics that anthropologists use to analyze human remains. The emphasis is on centers of bone growth, epiphyseal closure, and...

Forensic Anthropology Webcast with Kari Bruwelheide

Shot of Maggy Benson and Forensic Anthropologist Kari Bruwelheide holding a human leg bone in front of a sky backdrop.
In this video, forensic anthropologist Kari Bruwelheide reveals how human bones can tell stories of people's lives in the past.

The story of a 19th century boy buried in an iron coffin

A male scientist in a beige long sleeve shirt examines with his hand the wrapped human remains inside an open iron coffin.
One of a set of video podcasts that provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of anthropologists at work in the National Museum of Natural History. Dr. Dave Hunt with a team of specialists analyzed the...

Quotes from the Jamestown Settlers during the harsh winter of 1609-1610

A quote on the winter of 1609-1610 in Jamestown, Virginia by George Percy is shown as white script text on black background.
The winter of 1609-1610 in Jamestown is referred to as the "starving time." A poor agricultural harvest followed by harsh winter conditions and unsanitary drinking water left the majority of...

Meet the Smithsonian's Bone Detectives

Two x-rays of skulls shown to explain how forensic anthropologists at the Museum of Natural History analyze human bones.
How the team of forensic anthropologists at the National Museum of Natural History use a range of modern techniques to analyze human bones. What do the bones reveal about the individuals they...

Unearthing the Evidence

A still frame of footage of a gravesite during the recovery of burials at Jamestown and Historic St. Mary’s City in Marland
How a team of anthropologists led by Dr. Doug Owsley from the National Museum of Natural History use modern technology to excavate burial sites. Includes footage taken on-site during the recovery of...

Living and Dying in America

A brown colored human skull from an excavation of historic St. Mary's City, Maryland sitting on a table with other bones.
Video about the excavation of historic St. Mary's City, Maryland. Three rare, lead coffins are found, including those containing the remains of Philip Calvert and his wife Anne Wolseley Calvert...


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