Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Kari Bruwelheide

Museum Specialist (Skeletal Biology)
Department / Division
Research Interests

My research has an emphasis on forensic examination of modern and historic remains including skeletal studies of 17th and 18th-century American colonists, free and enslaved persons of African ancestry in America, 19th-century iron coffin burials, and Civil War military remains.

My research is currently focused on human skeletal remains found in the Chesapeake region of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware from the early colonial period. 

Publications
Article
  • Fleskes, Raquel E., Bruwelheide, Karin S., West, Frankie L., Owsley, Douglas W., Griffith, Daniel R., Barca, Kathryn G., Cabana, Graciela S., and Schurr, Theodore G. 2019. "Ancient DNA and bioarchaeological perspectives on European and African diversity and relationships on the colonial Delaware frontier." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.23887
  • Owsley, Douglas W., Bruwelheide, Karin S., Cashion Lugo, M. A., and Spradley, M. K. 2015. "Identification of Ramón Power Y Giralt: Puerto Rico's Diplomat to the 1812 Spanish Constitutional Court." Centro Journal XXVII:178–207.
  • Owsley, Douglas W., Bruwelheide, Karin S., Cartmell, L. W., Burgess, Laurie E., Foote, S. C., and Fielder, N. 2006. "The Man in the Iron Coffin: An Interdisciplinary Effort to Name the Past." Historical Archaeology 40 (3):89–108.
Chapter
  • Bruwelheide, Karin S., Owsley, Douglas W., Straube, Beverly A., and May, Jamie E. 2017. "Evidence for Early Seventeenth-Century Surgery and Dissection at James Fort, Virginia." in The Bioarchaeology of Dissection and Autopsy in the United States, edited by Nystrom, Kenneth C., 41–60. Bioarchaeology and Social Theory. Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-26836-1_3
  • Bruwelheide, Karin S., Schlachtmeyer, Sandra S., Owsley, Douglas W., Simon, Vicki E., Aufderheide, Arthur C., Cartmell, Larry W., and Swanson, Stephan J. 2017. "Unearthing Robert Kennicott: Naturalist, Explorer, Smithsonian Scientist." in Studies in Forensic Biohistory: Anthropological Perspectives, edited by Stojanowski, Christopher M. and Duncan, W. N., 92–123. Cambridge University Press.
  • Owsley, Douglas W., Bruwelheide, Karin S., Jantz, Richard L., Koste, Jodi L., and Outlaw, Merry. 2017. "Skeletal Evidence of Anatomical and Surgical Training in Nineteenth-Century Richmond." in The Bioarchaeology of Dissection and Autopsy in the United States, edited by Nystrom, Kenneth C., 143–164. Bioarchaeology and Social Theory. Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-26836-1_7
  • Cashion Lugo, M. A., Owsley, Douglas W., Bruwelheide, Karin S., and Spradley, M. K. 2015. "Don Ramón Power y Giralt: Disputado de las Cortes de Cadiz de 1812." in Proceedings of the 25th International Congress for Caribbean Archeology, 870–892. Puerto Rico: International Congress for Caribbean Archeology.
  • Bruwelheide, Karin S. and Owsley, Douglas W. 2014. "Identity through science and art." in Kennewick Man: The Scientific Investigation of an Ancient American Skeleton, edited by Owsley, Douglas W. and Jantz, Richard L., 519–534. Peopling of the Americas Publications. College Station: Texas A&M University Press.
  • Owsley, Douglas W., Williams, Aleithea A., and Bruwelheide, Karin S. 2014. "Skeletal inventory, morphology, and pathology." in Kennewick Man: The Scientific Investigation of an Ancient American Skeleton, edited by Owsley, Douglas W. and Jantz, Richard L., 139–186. Peopling of the Americas Publications. College Station: Texas A&M University Press.
  • Owsley, Douglas W., Bruwelheide, Karin S., and Burgess, Laurie E. 2008. "Late-Nineteenth-Century Crow Mummies from Montana." in Skeletal Biology and Bioarchaeology of the Northwestern Plains, edited by Gill, George W. and Weathermon, Rick L., 77–93. Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press.
  • Owsley, Douglas W., Bruwelheide, Karin S., Burgess, Laurie E., and Billeck, William T. 2007. "Human Finger and Hand Bone Necklaces from the Plains and Great Basin." in The Taking and Displaying of Human Body Parts as Trophies by Amerindians, edited by Chacon, Richard J. and Dye, David H., 124–166. New York: Springer.