Ray, Charlie, Craig. The report was written in 1993 by Dr. Shelley Saunders of McMaster University. The study was conducted because it was rumoured that the bones were native and not soldiers killed at Lundy's Lane. The skulls were measured and analyzed based on 35 different measurements.
Sadly, I never got to see the skulls and there are no deatiled pictures of them. (There were also several leg bones!)
As to how they died, my best guess is that they were KIA. The wounded were taken back to Ft George and worked on there and the dead were buried or burned.
I have been learning a lot about skulls today!!
--- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, Ray Hobbs <ray.hobbs@...> wrote:
> Fascinating, Kevin:Who did the initial analysis of the skulls? I assume you are quoting from their report. I would be interested to see what criteria were used to determine the ethnicity of the skulls.
> Not entirely unrelated - for some research on ancient warfare I came across the following historical study.
> E.S. Gurdjian, "The Treatment of Penetrating Wounds of the Brain Sustained in Warfare: An Historical Study" Journal of Neurosurgery vol. 39 (1974), pp. 157-167.
> The article covers the earliest Egyptian medical records to the present day. It would be interesting to see if there is evidence in your collection of surgical procedures, or were they all killed outright?