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Zombies, Witches, and Vampires: How the Dead Speak

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

As Halloween rolls around, we pull out the plastic skeletons without thought to what they represent. Skeletons are ubiquitous with holiday décor, but most people don’t realize how much we learn about our past from human skeletal analysis. The study of human remains in their archaeological context, known as bioarchaeology, provides tantalizing insights into past lives, customs, and beliefs. This Halloween METC, together with bioarcheologist Dr. Jill Rhodes, is taking the history conversation back over thousands of years to look at some of the more unusual lessons we can learn from the dead. How far back can we see the belief in zombies, witches or vampires? How can we identify them in the archaeological record? What unusual rituals were employed to gain an advantage in combat, or to ensure a good harvest? Let’s gather together and hear the stories of the dead.


October 27
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm