Good morning Daily Dosers! What did you think of our Class of 2K10 Spring Break week? When I first issued the invitation, I had no idea how absolutely spectacular these authors would all be and what wonderful tales they would share. If you missed out on any of those Spring Break tales, I would urge you to check them out. I am going to let the spring break contest remain open for one more day. Then it will close tomorrow and I will draw the winner. Be sure to check back on Saturday for who gets the fantastic prize pail.
Our Spring Break
Part of the reason I invited these authors was to cover for me while I took off on my first real spring break in years. My daughter and I drove to Washington D.C. for a fantastic sojourn in Northern Virginia and the Capitol. During our visit, we strolled the National Mall, visited the Smithsonian, spent time contemplating the Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial and the Vietnam Wall.
At the Natural History Museum, we enjoyed a lengthy chat with real forensic anthropologists as they walked my daughter and I through identifying bone markers, including how to tell a female and male sacrum apart. The body was found, buried in the mid-Atlantic region. The nails in the coffin were similar to those used during colonial times prior to 1790. Her teeth indicated she was in her thirties. The length of her thigh bone told us she was approximately five foot two inches tall. Compression of the spinal column suggested hard labor with lots of heavy lifting. Seashells found around her neck were similar to those used as currency in Africa and Eastern Asia.
Each of these bits of information we had to discern from the comparisons and case data the anthropologist provided. Ultimately, we could infer that she was a woman in her thirties, likely from Africa, used to hard labor who died from unknown causes, but was then given a proper burial. While we don’t know what killed her, we might infer that she was an indentured servant or a slave, but we have no way to actually prove that and of course, we don’t have a name. My daughter dubbed her the Lady in Bone.
A Learning Vacation
The primary goal of our vacation was research coupled with time spent together. My novel Prime Evil is set in Northern Virginia and I lived there for many years. During this trip, I completed the research I needed to finish the second Chance Monroe novel and put together the outline for another new, standalone comedy romance. I learned a great deal about bodies and identification while also soaking up the rich, complex history present in our nation’s capitol.
It was a spectacular Spring Break.
So tell me, what did you do for your spring break?