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January 30, 2013


University of Montana Associate Professor Ashley McKeown will draw on skeletal biology and archaeology research to shed light on life and death in the early settlement of Jamestown, Va., in a UM Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 7.

McKeown, who teaches in the UM Department of Anthropology, will deliver her lecture “Skeleton Keys: Unlocking Jamestown’s Mysteries with Forensic Osteology and Bioarchaeology” at 6 p.m. in the University Center Theater. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception with refreshments will follow.

McKeown’s research on early 17th-century burials at Jamestown is part of the Smithsonian Institution exhibit “Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th-Century Chesapeake.” She held postdoctoral fellowships with the Jamestown Rediscovery Archaeological Project, the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. She also serves as a forensic anthropologist for Montana, assisting the State Crime lab and law enforcement with the recovery and analysis of human remains.

For more information call the UM Office of the Provost at 406-243-4689 or email





Contact: UM Office of the Provost, 406-243-4689,; Ashley McKeown, associate professor, UM Department of Anthropology, 406-243-2145,