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OCT 25 Walter W. Craigie Speaker Series with Dr. Douglas Owsley

  • Historic St. John's Church, 1741 2401 East Broad Street Richmond, VA 23223 United States (map)

ST. JOHN’S CHURCH FOUNDATION

in partnership with the American Civil War Museum

PRESENTS

The Walter W. Craigie Speaker Series

with

Dr. Douglas Owsley

Division Head for Physical Anthropology

Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History

presenting a lecture entitled

Forensic and Archaeological Investigation of Civil War Military Remains

Dr. Owsley is widely regarded one of the most prominent and influential archaeologists and forensic anthropologists in the world in the anthropological academia.

A century and a half after the end of the Civil War, the bones of Confederate and Union soldiers are still being found. This presentation will demonstrate how a forensic investigative process contributes to American military history. We will also get a chance to learn about the bones found at St. John’s Church in 2016.

 The above burial was uncovered in 2016 during the preservation project to underpin the foundation of St. John's Church. The remains were removed and sent to Dr. Owsley and his team at the Smithsonian for study.

The above burial was uncovered in 2016 during the preservation project to underpin the foundation of St. John's Church. The remains were removed and sent to Dr. Owsley and his team at the Smithsonian for study.

Our case files illustrate the types of Civil War investigations that my lab has assisted with, noting circumstances that prompted this research and methods used in these examinations. This research can identify a soldier, provide information on health, nutrition, and medical procedures, and reveal the cause of death. As a case in point, the recent discovery of a battlefield burial containing amputated limbs demonstrates the work of skilled surgeons operating under challenging conditions.
— Dr. Owsley

TICKETS ARE REQUIRED.

Street Parking.

2401 E. Broad Street / at 24th


QUESTIONS? Contact Sarah Whiting, Executive Director

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ABOUT DR. DOUGLAS OWSLEY

Douglas W. Owsley, Division Head for Physical Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., is considered one of the foremost forensic anthropologists at work today. He has identified remains from news- making crime scenes, mass disasters, and war zones. Owsley received his B.S. degree in Zoology from the University of Wyoming and his Ph.D. in Physical Anthropology from the University of Tennessee.

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