Faces From the Past

Forgotten People of North America





A book about the facial reconstruction of historic remains found in North America


Title Page for Faces from the Past: Forgotten People of North America, showing Pearl from Colonial Albany


Once, no humans lived on the continent of North America; then they began to journey here.

The first migrants arrived perhaps fifteen or twenty thousand years ago. Scientists believe that people from Asia had settled on a one-thousand-mile-wide land bridge (now called Beringia) that connected present-day Siberia to Alaska. Eventually, some of their descendants moved onward to North America and spread out across the land.

Much later, others came from Europe, from Africa, from Asia and other places. Some came willingly; some were enslaved and brought against their will.

But all settled on this continent. 

And when the earliest settlers of North America died, so long ago, they were buried in caves or isolated graves. Later, others built burial mounds or cemeteries for their dead. Over time, many of the mounds were robbed and destroyed. Many early cemeteries disappeared from sight when makeshift grave markers blew away in the wind or decayed. Sometimes the early dead were not even buried; they simply fell where they were wounded and came to rest where they lay. No matter how they died or were buried, as time passed these people were forgotten.

Today, when a skeleton from centuries ago is discovered, scientists want to study it to discover information about the personís life and death, about her or his time and place in history. Sometimes artists are asked to reconstruct faces from the past, using replicas of their skulls. Then these nameless, unknown people can be brought back to life, remembered, and honored.

Now, when their skeletons are discovered, their stories can be told.







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