Bioarchaeologist Offers Library Presentation Tonight

By  //  November 12, 2012

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Free Public Event

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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Bioarchaeologist Rachel Wentz will talk about her new book, “Life and Death at Windover” at the Eau Gallie Public Library.

Noed bioarchaeologist Rachel Wentz will talk about her book, “Life and Death at Windover” at the Eau Gallie Public Library on Nov. 15. (Image courtesy Eau Gallie Public Library)

The free “Monday With Friends” program is at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 at the library at 1521 Pineapple Avenue in Melbourne.

The book jacket says: “In 1982, a backhoe operator working on what would become the new Windover Farms housing development in Titusville uncovered a human skull. The bones of several other individuals soon emerged from the peat bog.

“It would be determined that the humans uncovered at Windover were between 7,000 and 8,000 years old, making them older than King Tutankhamen….”

Wentz graduated from Florida State University with a PhD in Anthropology and specializes in the analysis of human remains with a special focus on ancient disease and population health.

Her master’s thesis was an analysis of fracture frequencies among the Windover skeletal population, a 7,000-year-old site in Titusville and her doctoral dissertation was a bioarchaeological assessment of the same population.

She also has analyzed remains from Little Salt Spring and Calico Hill, both prehistoric sites in Florida and done skeletal work in St. Croix, England and the Ukraine.

Light refreshments will be served during the presentation.


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