Written in Bone: Difficult Lives

ID: SIA Acc. 16-150 [SIA16-150_D00035]

Creator: Clark, Chip

Form/Genre: Born digital

Date: 2007

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Acc. No. 16-150, Image No. SIA16-150_D00035

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Summary

G-0402 17th Century reenactor Aaron Meisinger cutting into a tree with a (reproduction) period iron axe to illustrate the physical stress it would place on the woodcutters' skeleton. Even though the colonists adopted the American Indians' slash and burn farming, men still had to girdle and fell trees to clear land for fields and to cut firewood.This and other everyday activities of the 17th. Century colonists are reenacted at the reconstructed Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation at Historic Saint Mary's City, Maryland.

Subject

  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Anthropology
  • Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th-Century Chesapeake (Exhibition) (2009-2014: Washington, D.C.)

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This image was for Dr. Douglas Owsley's exhibit "Written in Bone." "Written in Bone" was a popular exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History that ran from February 7, 2009 to January 6, 2014. The exhibit examined history through forensic anthropological investigations of 17th-century human skeletal remains including those of colonists teetering on the edge of survival at Jamestown, Virginia; those living in the wealthy and well-established settlement of St. Mary's City, Maryland; and farmers located in Leavy Neck in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Original filename: 2007-16534_HSMC_Reenact_WoodCut.tif

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Acc. No. 16-150, Image No. SIA16-150_D00035

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520

Date

  • 2007
  • November 8, 2007

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Topic

  • Forensic anthropology
  • Physical anthropology

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Born digital

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SIA Acc. 16-150 [SIA16-150_D00035]

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