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12.3: Activity 2 - Bioarch in the News

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    Amanda Wolcott Paskey and AnnMarie Beasley Cisneros
    Cosumnes River College and American River College

    Bioarchaeology offers incredible insights into the past, providing an intimate portrait of the bodies and lives of past peoples. In this assignment, you have the opportunity to learn more about recent research in bioarchaeology and to select a specific case you would like to learn more about and share what you learn with your classmates.

    Read “The Seven Most Fascinating Skeletons of 2018” by bioarchaeologist Kristina Killgrove at The article is intended for the general public, and it provides a brief overview of these captivating new discoveries.

    Select a case study from the article to investigate further using the links in the article and others provided by your instructor.

    Then, prepare a poster or digital slide presentation about the case to share with your classmates. You need to address the following questions in your presentation.

    1. Where and when was the discovery made?
    2. What time period and culture does the find date to? (If possible, describe the specific dating technique used.)
    3. What parts of the skeleton were discovered? What is the significance of those elements?
    4. Are there any other significant non-skeletal elements to this discovery, such as artifacts or context?
    5. What conclusions did the archaeologists draw from the find?
    6. How do their conclusions about this new discovery fit with existing knowledge in this area of archaeology? Does the find confirm what was already known or challenge previous findings?