Talk outlines bare bones of archaeology

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Archaeologists can tell an awful lot from looking at old human bones and Oamaru residents have a chance to learn how next week.

Forensic archaeologist Joy Langston will be giving a talk on her experience examining bones while in England at the Oamaru Public Library on Tuesday.

Dr Langston said she would be talking about how she would decide, by looking at bones, whether the person was male or female, how old they were when they died and if they had any diseases.

“I like looking at people’s teeth; you can tell an awful lot from someone’s teeth.”

She was looking forward to the talk, as people were always interested in hearing about bones, rather than something like pots, which they could not relate to.

“I find that people relate very well to human bones, as everyone has a skeleton.”

“If I’m talking about a broken bone, everybody thinks, ‘gosh, that must have been painful’.”

Dr Langston has been living in Waimate for 11 years and stopped doing archaeological work when she came here from England.

However, she will be bringing some of her bone collection to the talk, which will be held at the Oamaru Public Library on February 11 at 6pm

By RUBY HARFIELD