Human skeletal remains are used not only to determine the physical characteristics of an individual, but also to discern cultural practices. Bones and teeth may be modified during life as a result of cultural behavior, and can be done for reasons besides beautification. Information about power, prestige, peer group acceptance, and social status can be communicated by a change in the natural form of the body or dentition.

Join us on November 20, as Dr. Arion Mayes takes a look at some of these cultural practices which result in biological changes in the human skeleton. Dr. Mayes in an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at San Diego State University. Her research focuses on skeletal biology, dental anthropology, and forensic anthropology. Other interests include health and subsistence in North America, Mesoamerica, and the African Diaspora.

The Strange Bones Lecture Series brings curiosities of the human skeleton front and center, debunking the forensics of popular crime shows, discussing unique cultural practices, and medical marvels that aid painful disease!

Event information: November 20, 2010 – 11:00 a.m. in the Irving Gill Auditorium (located in the administrative building, just west of the Museum of Man)