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On the specifics of the Cobb Collection: New Role

By • Jan 30th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Over Fall Break (2018), I traveled up to Washington D.C. to visit the Cobb Collection in person. I had made arrangements with Dr. Fatimah Jackson, the director of the Cobb collection at Howard University, to visit the off-site location where the remains were located. Over the summer I had identified my sample of skeletal remains…
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Update: New Project, Same Concept

By • Jan 30th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

  Since returning to school my project has undergone significant changes. My initial topic was focusing on treponemal disease like syphilis, yaws and pinta which were extremely prevalent in the enslaved population. These illnesses are associated with the conditions of enslavement and have been traditionally been seen in this population. My early iteration of my…
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New Semester

By • Aug 28th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Now that the semester is starting, I’m a little apprehensive about re-starting a large portion of my research from scratch because of the new direction of my project but I feel as though I have a good plan of attack and a clear direction. So hopefully everything falls into place. I’ll begin to work on…
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Cobb Collection and New Project

By • Aug 27th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Before I traveled to Philadelphia for my internship and visit to the Mutter Museum, I flew to D.C to visit the Cobb Collection at Howard University. The Cobb Collection is a large archive of African- American skeletal remains from the D.C. from 1931-1965; the collection was amassed by William Montague Cobb. When I arrived at…
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Mutter Museum and Osteological Remains

By • Aug 27th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

While I was in Philadelphia working on my internship with the Arch Street Project, I visited the Mutter Museum. The Mutter museum is a medical museum from the Philadelphia College of Physicians. It has an extensive archive and exhibitions of human remains, medical oddities and other specimens. I specifically went to see the skeletal collection…
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Philadelphia Sample and Site Excavation

By • Aug 24th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Earlier this summer as part of my research for my thesis I traveled to Philadelphia to intern on an excavation project. I interned for was the Arch Street Project. This excavation was from February 20th to March 13th, 2017, there were a couple hundred sets of remains excavated from this site. During this excavation, archaeologists…
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An Analysis of Infectious Disease of African Americans from Slavery through the 20th Century

By • Apr 17th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My Honors Thesis will investigate the relationship between social stratification and health for urban African Americans from the 18th through 20th centuries. I will examine three skeletal samples and analyze how disease rates changed both within and across these populations from slavery through the 1960s. This research is important for developing a new conceptual framework…
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