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Ghosts of Machu Picchu
Learn the Science
RECONSTRUCT HISTORY THROUGH FORENSICS
Scientists are finding clues to the history of Machu Picchu in the bodies and bones of the people who once lived there. Explore the connection between forensics and history with your students.
Ghosts of Machu Picchu (Video)
See how skeletons and tombs provide insight into the lives of the people who lived at Machu Picchu. (Chapter 3, approx. 8 min.; Program available after broadcast)


Inca Skull Surgery (Audio Slideshow)
See evidence of a radical surgical procedure common among the Inca 500 years ago.


Grave Analysis (Interactive)
Take a close look at an Inca burial thought to be from the Siege of Lima.


The High Mummies (Article)
Read about the mummies of the Inca, thought to be from ritual sacrifice ceremonies. Then, click on "Mummies of the World" for more about mummification practices by the Egyptians, early South Americans, and Inca.


The Great Inca Rebellion (Lesson)
Analyze actual data from two prehistoric communities—a hunting community and an agricultural community—to infer the impacts of diet on health.

Curriculum Connections
Archaeology, anthropology, data analysis, drawing conclusions, prehistoric communities, skeletal analysis, skeletal remains, demographics, health trends, mortality patterns, impact of diet and health

Standards
Grades 5-8
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard F: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives: Personal health
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Nature of science
Math Standards (Grades 6-8): Data Analysis and Probability

Grades 9-12
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard F: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives: Personal and community health
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Nature of scientific knowledge
Math Standards: Data Analysis and Probability



EXTENSION ACTIVITY
Reading the Remains (Lesson/Interactive)
Find out how archeologists inferred the age, number of children, sex, diet, and more from the remains ay a gravesite located at Khok Phanom Di in Thailand.

Curriculum Connections
Archaeology, anthropology, forensics, skeletal remains

Standards
Grades 5-8
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor

Grades 9-12
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor



   

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