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In December and January, the Burke is teaming up with our friends at the Henry for a two-part workshop during which we will explore relationships between multiple generations and family structures. Join us at the Burke to explore cultures presented in Pacific Voices and Here & Now.
Have you ever wondered what’s under Seattle? At this year’s Archaeology Day, explore clues found underground—and under water—that tell us how humans lived on the shores of Puget Sound over the past 500 years.
Human remains are inadvertently discovered in Washington State more than 50 times a year. These remains are then the subject of a complicated and evolving set of state and federal laws. In light of the upcoming presentation of "Fortune’s Bones" - a performance based on the story of Fortune, an enslaved African whose remains were used for research and display - the Burke has assembled a panel of experts who confront these issues every day: Kathy Taylor, King County Forensic Anthropologist; Robert Kopperl, Principal Investigator, SWCA Environmental Consultants, and Guy Tasa, Physical Anthropologist for Washington State. Each will talk briefly about noteworthy cases, followed by a question and answer discussion led by Burke Curator of Archaeology Peter Lape. Join us and find out what would happen if Fortune’s Bones were found today.
Join us as we venture into the Burke collections to see and discover objects—from the everyday to the exotic. Don't miss this exclusive chance to meet curators and collections staff from every Burke division. Learn how the Burke's collections tell the story of the life before us, and how our researchers use these objects to generate new discoveries.
Have you ever wondered if a Tyrannosaurus could really outrun a jeep, or if a Velociraptor could turn a doorknob? Dr. Mary Schweitzer’s discoveries about dinosaur soft tissues, blood, and DNA have profoundly expanded our understanding of these fundamental aspects of dinosaur biology. Dr. Schweitzer’s lecture will explore how molecular paleontology can help answer questions about dinosaurs like: were they warm- or cold-blooded, what did they eat, how fast did they grow, and did they take care of their babies? Join us and find out how we can know so much about an animal that no human has ever seen.