University at Albany Zooarchaeologist Dr. Vivian James, Ph.D., recently returned to MHS, this time bringing with her some hands-on work for Miss Hall’s Students.
Dr. James brought with her several boxes of recently excavated material from an archeological site in New York, and MHS students were the first to clear the artifacts of dirt and see what was removed from the soil. About a dozen students joined Dr. James for the weekend activity. Among the items they uncovered were a claw, the jaw of a beaver, and lots of animal bones and shells estimated at 400 years old.
Last March, Dr. James also visited the School, meeting with students in History Teacher Char Green’s Bioarchaeology class, where she shared a brief introduction to zooarchaeology—the study of faunal (non-human mammals, including birds, fish, and reptiles) remains from archeological sites. A highlight of that trip included students participating in a hands-on identification of remains Dr. James brought to the class.