Bone Rooms

From scientific racism to human prehistory in museums

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Unbeknownst to the vast majority of these visitors walking from the National Mall into the Smithsonian is the fact that the museum possesses about 30,000 sets of human remains. For a time in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries – collectors of all kinds, ranging from professional archaeologists to medical doctors and amateur explorers – shipped boxes containing the bones of the dead to create the largest physical anthropology collections in the world. In researching and writing my book Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums, I explored the history of collecting and exhibiting these bodies in museums both large and small across the United States. - See more at:
Picking this up in the hopes that there is some earthly explanation for the Ossuary in Kutna Hora ( Wild place and there didn't seem to be any scholarship around on the motivation for building it.