Forgotten Bones. Uncovering a Slave Cemetery

Imagine you re watching a backhoe dig up the ground for a construction project when a round object rolls down a pile of dirt and stops at your feet You pick it up, brush off some dirt, and realize you re holding a skull This is exactly what happened in Albany, New York, in 2005 Workers were putting in new sewer line when a backhoe driver dug up a skull After police decImagine you re watching a backhoe dig up the ground for a construction project when a round object rolls down a pile of dirt and stops at your feet You pick it up, brush off some dirt, and realize you re holding a skull This is exactly what happened in Albany, New York, in 2005 Workers were putting in new sewer line when a backhoe driver dug up a skull After police declared the skull wasn t connected to any recent crimes, a team of archaeologists took a closer look They determined the skull was from an African American who had died than one hundred years earlier Suddenly the construction site turned into an archaeological dig Scientists excavated bones and realized that they had located a long lost slave cemetery Slavery had been legal in the northern United States, including in New York State, in colonial times, but the stories of these slaves are largely unknown This site became just the third slave cemetery ever to be excavated in the North See how archaeologists pieced together the truth about these once forgotten bones.
Forgotten Bones Uncovering a Slave Cemetery Imagine you re watching a backhoe dig up the ground for a construction project when a round object rolls down a pile of dirt and stops at your feet You pick it up brush off some dirt and realize you

  • Title: Forgotten Bones. Uncovering a Slave Cemetery
  • Author: Lois Miner Huey
  • ISBN: 9781467733939
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1 thought on “Forgotten Bones. Uncovering a Slave Cemetery”

    1. There's an incredible amount of very fascinating information crammed into just barely more than 50 pages. It doesn't just cover the excavation of the cemetery that's the main focus of the book (which, I was interested to learn, was on the property of Alexander Hamilton's father-in-law, though the book never makes that connection). It also goes over what this cemetery and others like it in the North have revealed about slavery in northern states.

    2. REVIEW: FORGOTTEN BONES (UNCOVERING A SLAVE CEMETERY) by Lois Miner HueyWhat a wonderfully engrossing book: detailing the discovery, excavation, and subsequent museum lab work of an overlooked slave cemetery in Albany, New York--only the third such unearthed in the North. Author Lois Miner Huey carefully lays out the timeline, from first appearance of a skull, right along through the archeological work and processing in the lab. But she doesn't stop with that: the history of slavery is recounted [...]

    3. A construction crew near Albany, NY was digging up the street and found a skull, leading to the discovery of Philip Schuyler's slaves' cemetery. This is an absolutely fascinating look at how the bioarchaelogists do their job with the bones, how they put together their lives, and what their burials mean. They also explained how their faces could be reconstructed, and showed what they looked like. It was written in a very straightforward way, with a ton of information, and it gave details on the o [...]

    4. Forgotten Bones Uncovering a Slave Cemetery is a fascinating look at the process of archaeology, anthropology, bioarchiology, forensic anthropology, facial reconstruction, and a treasure-trove of history concerning slavery in the north. Middle graders will warm to the opening story--how construction workers accidentally discovered a skull. Police, CSI, and archaeologists appear at the scene and soon estimate the bone's age at 100 or more years. Stains indicated the site might contain additional [...]

    5. Construction workers discovered a forgotten slave cemetery on what was once the Schuyler Farm in Albany, New York. Archeologists discovered the graves of 14 slaves from the 18th century. From the bones, they were able to find out the ages, sex, diet and place of origin. They were even able to reconstruct what the people might have looked like. Most people don't think about slavery in the North. It did exist, but it a different way than the South. Author Lois Miner Huey does a great job talking a [...]

    6. Slaves in the 'north'? This book will bring this fact to the attention of many who thought slavery only existed in the 'south'. Clear, clean writing explains it and how we learn about it.Photos, diagrams, and backmatter add to the knowledge base.The background of each page represents graph paper, an important tool used by archaeologists. This book will not only expand youngsters' knowledge base, but may get them interested in archaeology.

    7. Jam-packed with lots of interesting facts about archaeology and slave life in the north in the 18th century.

    8. I found this fascinating. The narrative was well-organized and filled with meticulous detail about the work of archaeologist, the history of slavery in the north and the work of museum curation. I loved the design as well. The background was graph paper, which is so important to the field notes an archaeologist makes. Compelling photos abound - at least one per page. Backmatter includes an author's note, two-page glossary, source notes, a selected bibliography, books and websites and places to v [...]

    9. This is a great book for all ages, not just the younger audience it is intended for. I had heard about the lost cemetery in passing but had never looked into it. This book details each step that the excavation crew went through in order to shed light on who these people were and how they lived. They even hired someone to do facial reconstruction so we could see what they probably looked like. For anyone more interested in archaeologists and lost bones, this is a great read.

    10. Fascinating nonfictionThis one sits on my library shelf. After having read it, I'm definitely going to try and change that.

    11. Beautifully laid out, well-written and mostly clear. A nice resource book for a specific topic, but I'm puzzled by its presence on the MSBA Nominee list.

    12. What happens when old human remains are found? I hope you never have to deal with this conundrum, but it certainly is an interesting one. Huey outlines the practical elements of discovery - who do you consult, who do you hire, when can they access the remains. etc. Archaeologists begin the process of excavating a site, and Huey gives readers an approachable window into the archaeological work involved. Researchers then bring remains back to the lab to study them, where readers learn about the po [...]

    13. An interesting look at what happens when we find bones, how we determine it's a graveyard, find out who the bones belong to, and then facial reconstruction. It also talks about slavery in the north and has a Hamilton connection.

    14. I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.Ten Second Synopsis:The accidental unearthing of human remains during routine maintenance turns into a historically significant burial site that sheds light on the lives of those forced into slavery in the United States in the 19th century.I found this to be a well-researched and highly engaging exploration of archaeology, anthropology and history all wrapped up in a visually enticing package. The easy-to-read text is accom [...]

    15. Forgotten Bones; Uncovering a Slave Cemetery by Lois Miner Huey is the nonfiction book that details the accidental discovery of a cemetery at a construction site, and the archaeological work that resulted. This particular story begins in Albany, New York, in 2005. Workers were putting in new sewer line when a backhoe driver dug up a skull. After police declared the skull wasn't connected to any recent crimes, a team of archaeologists took a closer look. They determined the skull was from an Afri [...]

    16. I'm always curious about the past and how important it is recognize the impact the past has on the present. This book, "Forgotten Bones: Uncovering a Slave Cemetery" really piqued my curiosity. I enjoy reading about how these relics from the past are discovered and analyzed. In this case, the cemetery is located near Albany, NY, and discovered during an excavation to lay sewer pipes. The land belonged at one time to a wealthy farmer who owned slaves. The archaeologists were able to discover two [...]

    17. Well researched. Great illustrations. Wonderfully thought-out comparisons of three northern slave cemeteries.

    18. Read review in its entirety at compassbookratings/revHistory meets science in Lois Miner Huey's, Forgotten Bones: Uncovering a Slave Cemetery. A well-documented, engaging work of non-fiction, Huey introduces readers to an authentic slave cemetery accidentally unearthed in Albany, New York in 2005.Written in third person with a few first person accounts, Huey easily encompasses readers' attention with informative yet accessible descriptions that will help ease the less knowledgeable or younger re [...]

    19. In 2005, workers in Albany, New York, excavating for a construction project unearthed a human skull with their backhoe. All work stopped! After police confirmed that the skull wasn't connected to any recent crimes, archaeologists determined that the skull was from an African-American who had died more than 100 years earlier. Ultimately, the archaeologists determined that the skull was part of a body buried in a long-forgotten slave cemetery on land that was once the Schuyler Farm. This book cont [...]

    20. Very interesting read about bioarchaeology which focuses on the discovery and analysis of a slave cemetery discovered in New York near Albany in 2005. While the book focuses on what is referred to as the Schuyler Slave cemetery, one learns many concepts about the field of bioarchaeology, how the research is accomplished from the dig through the analysis of the bones in the laboratory, to the recreation of the facial features. I was fascinated with the information regarding the information that c [...]

    21. This cover will definitely draw in elementary and middle school students! Forgotten Bones gives a ton of information about archaeology, history, and the practice of slavery in the North in the 1700s. Scientists were able to learn many things from the bones buried in slave cemeteries and kids will be fascinated by it all. From a groove in a skull's teeth, scientists knew that one woman had probably been in charge of sewing and repairing clothing when she was alive. Scientists could tell from bone [...]

    22. Forgotten Bones is a very interesting and engaging book that shows how closely the fields of science and history end up working together sometimes. I enjoyed reading about how scientists can learn so much about how a person lived by the minerals left in their bones and teeth. It was also nice reading about how carefully and respectfully the archaeologists treated the bones not only while removing them but also while studying them. This is just a really interesting book that I can see a lot of ol [...]

    23. Forgotten Bones in a nonfiction story about the discovery of a slave cemetery on the property of a New York farm dating back to the 1800s. The author follows the dig and ultimate reconstruction of the faces of the slaves who were buried there. The most interesting part of the book is the scientists' ability to discern whether the slaves were treated well and had enough to eat solely from looking at the bones. There is also mention of two other slave cemetery sites in the north east. Good for mid [...]

    24. Thank you to NetGalley and Lerner for the arc of Forgotten Bones by Lois Miner Huey! A wonderful and informative book for young readers, geared toward middle school age or younger, Forgotten Bones is full of interesting facts. The information includes slave treatment findings, facial reconstruction and comparisons to other burial sites. The DNA studies showed where the buried slaves descended from and that in itself is worth reading the book! Great informational text!

    25. I feel like I've read a bunch of kids' books about bioarchaeology and learning about people from their discovered remains. This one is fine and somewhat unique in that it's focused on the discovery of a slave graveyard in New York (only two other slave graveyards have been found). However, I would still probably skip this one and suggest FACES FROM THE PAST by James M. Deem instead. That book also features different American cultures, but I found the writing more engaging.

    26. A definitive work about a discovery of import, an unknown cemetery for those enslaved on the Schuyler farm in Albany, NY. A first look into the bio archeology of this forgotten but important space. The faces of the people in the cemetery were recreated and are now on display at the New York State Museum. Huey made a rather good effort to include information and further resources. It somehow felt a little incomplete however. Would have liked a little more back story about the people found.

    27. One of the things I learned from working a reference desk is that sometimes all a person really wants to know about a topic can be best found in a book written for a middle school audience.That's the case with this book. It tells a fascinating story of a slave cemetery uncovered during a construction project in Albany, New York.Not enough is known about slaves in the Northern States, this book refers to three slave cemeteries (the others being Portsmouth, NH and New York City).

    28. Describes the excavation of a slave cemetery from the 1700s in NY. Provides a look at how archaeologists work, at the site and in the lab with additional information about slavery in the northern US and burial practices of the time. Emphasizes the respectful treatment of human remains and the historical understanding we gain from them.Perfect for middle grade history classes learning about early colonists.

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