When Philadelphia naturalist Samuel George Morton died in 1851, no one cut off his head, boiled away its flesh, and added his grinning skull to a collection of crania. It would have been strange, but perhaps fitting, had Morton's skull wound up in a collector's cabinet, for Morton himself had collected hundreds of skulls over the course of a long career. Friends, diplomats, doctors, soldiers, and fellow naturalists sent him skulls they gathered from battlefields and burial grounds across America and around the world.With The Skull Collectors, eminent historian Ann Fabian resu
Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Ghosts of the Unburied Dead; 1. "The Promise of a Fine Skull"; 2. A Native among the Headhunters; 3. Crania Americana; 4. "News from the Feegees"; 5. The Unburied Dead; Epilogue: Brains, Bones, and Graves; Notes; Index
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