Bone Room Meditations VII: How Much Lies Buried? (Second Meditation)

May 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

Out of an estimated 24,862,500 native Californians deceased since 7,000 BC only 8,000 skeletons have been recovered curated and represented in museum collections. The rest have either not been buried; lost to decay or their burials have not been found; or lost to erosion or bulldozing (to put a figure on this: an estimated 1,100,000 have been lost to earth moving machines). This whole represents 0.00032% of those that have lived during the 9,000 years of human occupation of the area. Ironically these remains will soon be returned to the earth as a result of pressure from native Americans to respect cultural burial practices.

Another example of an archive that is visible only fleetingly; see previous post Bone Room Meditations VI: How Much Lies Buried?.

Information from Human Osteology by Tim D White.

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