Forgotten Bones

Uncovering a Slave Cemetery

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Imagine you’re watching a backhoe dig up the ground for a construction project when a round object rolls down a pile of dirt and stops at your feet. You pick it up, brush off some dirt, and realize you’re holding a skull!

This is exactly what happened in Albany, New York, in 2005. Workers were putting in new sewer line when a backhoe driver dug up a skull. After police declared the skull wasn’t connected to any recent crimes, a team of archaeologists took a closer look. They determined the skull was from an African American who had died more than one hundred years earlier.

Suddenly the construction site turned into an archaeological dig. Scientists excavated more bones and realized that they had located a long-lost slave cemetery. Slavery had been legal in the northern United States, including in New York State, in colonial times, but the stories of these slaves are largely unknown. This site became just the third slave cemetery ever to be excavated in the North. See how archaeologists pieced together the truth about these once forgotten bones.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Diversity, Social Studies
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 56
Publication Date 2015-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 9.2
BISACS JNF018010, JNF025190
Dewey 306.3'620974
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8 x 10
Lexile 1030
ATOS Reading Level 6.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 175635
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Maps, Photo captions, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource

Awards

  • Maine Student Book Award Reading List, Long-listed, 2017
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year - Outstanding Merit, Winner, 2017

Reviews

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Huey, a New York state archaeologist, ably guides readers through the excavation . . . and the way comparative studies broaden our perspective on the rigors of slave life.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Booklist

“[A] fascinating glimpse into how archaeologists piece together the past . . . this account provides a vivid description of both the eighteenth-century slave experience and the field of archaeology.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“A solid choice for libraries that serve middle school students, this title will appeal to some would-be archaeologists and is a great addition to classrooms as well.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“A fascinating, informative insider’s look at how science is used to reconstruct the past.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Lois Miner Huey

Lois Miner Huey is an archaeologist for the state of New York. She has written nonfiction articles and books for kids, many of which focus on archaeology. She lives near Albany, New York.

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Forgotten Bones

Imagine you’re watching a backhoe dig up the ground for a construction project when a round object rolls down a pile of dirt and stops at your feet. You pick it up, brush off some dirt, and realize you’re holding a skull! This is exactly what happened in Albany… View available downloads →