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Monday, April 16, 2007

They Lost Their Lunches

The bones of Col. Joseph Bridger, who died in 1686, were taken up in 1894 and reinterred at St. Luke's Church in Smithfield, Virginia. Forensic anthropologist Douglas Owsley dug up those remains in January for analysis at the Smithsonian.

The first reburial was undertaken in a rather rough way, Owsley said. Those in charge took only enough bones from Bridger's original burial site to fill the tiny chamber allotted to him - and they may have left some of their lunches behind.

"One of the first things handed out to me in January was the left forearm of a rabbit," Owsley said. There also were a chicken bone and bones from a sheep that was less than a year old. [Link]

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