Franklin Expedition on Our Backyard Series at UNBC

 

Recent and ongoing analysis that have been conducted on the skeletal remains belonging to members of the lost Franklin Expedition is the focus of an anthropology talk at the University of Northern British Columbia on Thursday, Nov. 9.

Titled, The Demise of the 1845 Franklin Expedition: Evidence from the Skeletal Remains, the presentation features guest lecturer Dr. Anne Keenleyside, the Associate Professor from the Department of Anthropology at Trent University in Peterborough, Ont.

Thursday’s presentation will be held at Rm 7-212 adjacent to the Canfor Winter Garden from 7 – 9 p.m.

The topics highlighted include the health status of the crew (scurvy, lead poisoning and other health problems), the evidence for cannibalism, the geographic origins of the crew members, and their genetic profiles.

Dr. Keenleyside is trained as a bioarchaeologist and conducts research on human skeletal remains recovered from archaeological contexts, with a focus on reconstructing the health, diet and mobility of past populations using macroscopic, microscopic, chemical, and other forms of analysis.

The presentation is the second of UNBC’s Anthropology in Our Backyard Series.