Unraveling a Thirty-Five-Year-Old Mystery: Forensic Archaeology, Eighteenth-Century Quakers and Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Everyone loves a mystery, especially when it involves human skeletal remains. My honors thesis focused on one set of remains found in 1973 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and focused on determining the sex, possible ethnicity, as well as internment date of the bones. Through radiocarbon dating and careful analysis by forensic anthropologists and graduates students, the remains stored in the North Museum marked “Lancaster City Bureau Police Evidence” began to come to life. Thorough research of historic maps and documents showed the location of the finds to be at the site of an old Quaker cemetery. However, due to the lack of documentation of death records, the full mystery behind this set of human skeletal remains may never be completely solved. Nevertheless, the remains provide an interesting case in forensic archaeology.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2009
- F&M Theses Collection