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What Remains: Using Cadaver Dogs to Locate Lost Burial Grounds 

New archaeological research shows that cadaver dogs, or human remains detection dogs, can help locate unmarked graves and burial grounds that are hundreds or even thousands of years old. The work to find burial sites of the enslaved, as well as historic African-American cemeteries, is particularly urgent. Development, the passage of time, and nature itself threaten untold numbers of burial grounds. Activists, historians, and archaeologists are teaming up with cadaver-dog teams to locate—and preserve—lost and abandoned cemeteries. What is the fascinating science behind using scent-detection dogs to help find these important sites? What are the political and practical problems? What is the potential?

Cat Warren is The New York Times bestselling author of What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World. 

Register for this virtual event here: https://events.wm.edu/event/view/lemonproject/125261

The Williamsburg Regional Library is proud to collaborate with The Lemon Project at the College of William & Mary to bring you this special series of talks. Topics will range widely and include African Americans’ contributions to the College and Williamsburg community, and more.

All talks are virtual and require advance registration. See each individual program for specific dates, times, and recommended reading, or view the entire Lemon Project calendar at https://events.wm.edu/calendar/upcoming/lemonproject 

 

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