Peering into the past by looking at bones affords great insight into the lives of previous inhabitants of this planet, and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History has done just that via this compelling web exhibit. Through the use of "bone biographies", a team of researchers has been looking into the lives of settlers who lived in 17th century Jamestown, Virginia and the much more well-to-do settlers who lived around St. Mary's City, Maryland. Along the left-hand side of the homepage, visitors can check out sections such as "Skeleton Keys", "Unearthing the 17th Century Chesapeake", and "Forensic Files". In the "Skeleton Keys" area, visitors can learn the basics of what to look for in a bone, and what bones tell us. The "Unearthing the 17th Century Chesapeake" area contains detailed information about the lives of both groups of settlers, along with illustrations of their dwellings and their burial grounds. Finally, the "Forensic Files" area teaches visitors how much can be gleaned from a skeleton via several interesting case studies from the past several years.
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