Bones Unearthed! (Creepy and True #3)

Bones Unearthed! (Creepy and True #3)
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November 23, 2021
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The Creepy and True series explores strange phenomena, fun facts, and out of the ordinary discoveries.

Have you ever wondered what lies beneath our feet? Bones have a story to tell—and not always a happy one.

Bones Unearthed!, book 3 of the Creepy and True series, investigates remarkable discoveries of skeletal remains and what they reveal about human civilization. Combining fascinating history with science, award-winning author Kerrie Logan Hollihan unearths the truth about famous bones by exploring forensic evidence, archaeology, anthropology, medicine, and folklore. Meticulously researched and respectful, yet light and humorous in tone, these cryptic tales of murder and mayhem span across cultures and millennia, covering everything from Aztec skull racks, the cannibals of Jamestown, and Benjamin Franklin’s basement boneyard, to frozen sailors in the Arctic and the centuries-long search for the body of King Richard III. From cemeteries to laboratories to excavation sites around the world, Bones Unearthed! digs deep into the graves of the dearly departed. For readers who can’t get enough of the macabre, this quirky nonfiction narrative will disturb and delight.

Includes color illustrations throughout, as well as endnotes, bibliography, and index.

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Didn't we all dig in the yard or an empty lot when we were ten and hope that we would unearth some sort of archaeological find? In my case, it was only a rock in the shape of Ohio, but it certainly ignited enough of an interest that I took several courses in ancient archaeology at university. Hollihan's introduction to the book, which covers the many things she needed to learn about in order to research the book, is a great starting point for budding archaeologists.

There are several prominent but not overly well known excavations covered in this book, including ones uncovering King Richard, bodies affected by Krakatoa and Tambora, bones found in Benjamin Franklin's basement, an early English settlement in the US that experienced hard times, and even information on human offerings! Each dig has the history behind it nicely explained, as well as information about how the excavation proceeded and what information was added to history because of it.
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There are plenty of photographs, and the book is well designed, with page decorations reminscent of crackling bones, as well as lovely full color edgings. There are pages with "factlets", a lot of primary source quotations, and explanations of terms and places. There are endnotes, a selected bibliography, and a helpful index.

Like this author's Mummies Exposed! and Ghosts Unveiled , Bones Unearthed! capitalizes on the human desire to explore the creepy and somewhat frightening aspects of life and death. Adults have murder mysteries; these are discouraged for some reason for the under twelve crowd, so nonfiction books about the spooky and strange are a great way to feed that longing. Pair this with Albee's Accidental Archaeologists: Chance Discoveries That Changed the World or Fleming's The Curse of the Mummy: Uncovering Tutankhamun's Tomb for information about archaeology or Williams' True Hauntings: Deadly Disasters or Braggs' How They Croaked for general horrible endings!
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