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Written in Bone was a popular exhibit in the Museum for almost five years (February 7, 2009 to January 6, 2014); this website was developed originally to ehance the information available in the exhibit and continues as a free-standng entity now that the exhibit is closed. This site examines history through 17th-century bone biographies, 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; scientists affiliated with these projects worked with Smithsonian anthropologists in the development of the original exhibit and this website.

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