When Bones Speak: Top 10 Books and Movies about Excavation and DNA Analysis

content.chilifresh-3The DNA Detectives: How the Double Helix is Solving Puzzles of the Past by Anna Meyer: Meyer’s explores how science adds history in this very readable work. For example, Meyer explains how DNA analysis is helping to solve historical puzzles like was the woman who claimed to be Anastasia really the Russian princess.

DNA: The Secret of Life by James Watson: James Watson, discoverer with Francis Crick of DNA in 1953, explores the history of DNA research and many of its implications for future generations.

Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project by Spencer Wells: This engaging work is written by Spencer Wells, the director of the Genographic Project. Wells explores the development of DNA and genetic research before explaining how scientists interpret this data in trying to understand the human past.

Conversations with Mummies: New Light on the Lives of Ancient Egyptians by Rosalie David: Lavishly illustrated and extremely provoking, David’s work explores how modern science is unveiling new insights into ancient Egypt.

content.chilifresh-4Secrets of the Pharaohs by Ian McMahan: McMahan attempts to provide a social and historical overview of Egypt through the Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms. He also talks about the meaning of archeological artifacts and historical legends.

Bones directed by Allan Kroeker: A television show that depicts an FBI agent that teams up with a forensic anthropologist and her team of scientists to solve some of the most baffling and bizarre crimes.

Amelia Peabody mysteries by Elizabeth Peters: Peters sets her mystery tales at the turn of the twentieth century. Archeologist Amelia Peabody and her family often find themselves entangled in intrigue as they go about their archeological duties in Egypt.

Greatest Discoveries with Bill Nye: Genetics directed by Michael F. Fountain: Bill Nye’s Discovery Series is designed for Junior High and High School audiences. This installment explores the history of genetics; outlining the historical events that allows scientists to explore heredity, genetics, DNA, and forensics.

t22632nmxwrEgypt: Secrets of the Pharaohs directed by Amy Bucher: Released as a National Geographic Society special, this DVD explores the history of the pyramids through fantastic photography and expert interviews. Some of the topics specifically addressed include who built the pyramids, what is the process of mummification, and what treasures were selected for burial.

Secrets of Egypt’s Lost Queen directed by Brando Quilici: The Discovery channel used cutting edge techniques like DNA analysis and CT scans to support the Egyptian government’s claim that they identified the mummified remains of the powerful Queen Hatshepsut.

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