Archaeological Evidence for the Study of Anatomy in Britain from 1600s to 1900s

Sunday, 15 February 2015: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room LL21E (San Jose Convention Center)
Jenna M. Dittmar, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Piers D. Mitchell, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
For a more comprehensive understanding of the history of anatomical study, we examine the skeletal remains of dissected and autopsied individuals from archaeological sites in the UK. Recently excavated burial grounds at hospitals, prisons and workhouses demonstrate how and on whom procedures were conducted, what instruments were used, and the disposal of bodies, revealing new information from the analysis of skeletal remains associated with anatomical study. Co-author Piers Mitchell (Cambridge)