Event Title

A Story of Old Bones

Presenter Information

Margaret Miller, Oberlin College

Location

Science Center, A262

Start Date

4-24-2015 4:00 PM

End Date

4-24-2015 5:30 PM

Abtract

This research explores how collection biases affect the Hamann-Todd Osteological Collection at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. I use historical accounts of the collection’s creation, previous research conducted with the Hamann-Todd, and personal experience with the collection to discuss how both the collection methods and goals of the collectors influence the composition of the historical collection. The collection cannot be seen as a randomized selection of anatomical specimens. Rather, it should be recognized as an intentional collection of remains from some of the least privileged individuals in the Ohio region.

Notes

Session 3, Panel 21 - Re/presentations of Space, Place, and Agency
Moderator: Susan Kane, Mildred C. Jay Professor of Art and Classical Archaeology

Major

Anthropology; Archaeological Studies

Advisor(s)

Susan Kane, Archaeological Studies; Art History
Amy Margaris, Anthropology

Project Mentor(s)

Amy Margaris, Anthropology

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Apr 24th, 4:00 PM Apr 24th, 5:30 PM

A Story of Old Bones

Science Center, A262

This research explores how collection biases affect the Hamann-Todd Osteological Collection at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. I use historical accounts of the collection’s creation, previous research conducted with the Hamann-Todd, and personal experience with the collection to discuss how both the collection methods and goals of the collectors influence the composition of the historical collection. The collection cannot be seen as a randomized selection of anatomical specimens. Rather, it should be recognized as an intentional collection of remains from some of the least privileged individuals in the Ohio region.