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
  • France, Christine A. M., Owsley, Douglas W., Bruwelheide, Karin S., Renschler, Emily S., Barca, Kathryn G., and DeCorse, Christopher R. 2020. "Stable isotopes from the African site of Elmina, Ghana and their usefulness in tracking the provenance of enslaved individuals in 18th‐ and 19th‐century North American populations." American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 171, (2) 298–318. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.23946.
  • Bruwelheide, Karin S., Owsley, Douglas W., Barca, Kathryn G., France, Christine A. M., Little, Nicole C., and Comer, Elizabeth Anderson. 2019. "Restoring Identity to People and Place: Reanalysis of Human Skeletal Remains from a Cemetery at Catoctin Furnace, Maryland." Historical Archaeology, 1–28. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41636-019-00214-7.
  • 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.
  • 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. Nystrom, Kenneth C., editor. 41–60. Springer International Publishing. In Bioarchaeology and Social Theory. 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. Stojanowski, Christopher M. and Duncan, W. N., editors. 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. Nystrom, Kenneth C., editor. 143–164. Springer International Publishing. In Bioarchaeology and Social Theory. 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.
  • 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.
  • Somerville, Andrew D., Goldstein, Paul S., Baitzel, Sarah I., Bruwelheide, Karin L., Dahlstedt, Allisen C., Yzurdiaga, Linda, Raubenheimer, Sarah, Knudson, Kelly J., and Schoeninger, Margaret J. 2015. "Diet and gender in the Tiwanaku colonies: Stable isotope analysis of human bone collagen and apatite from Moquegua, Peru." American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 159, (3) 408–422. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.22795.
  • Bruwelheide, Karin S. and Owsley, Douglas W. 2014. "Identity through science and art." In Kennewick Man: The Scientific Investigation of an Ancient American Skeleton. Owsley, Douglas W. and Jantz, Richard L., editors. 519–534. College Station: Texas A&M University Press. In Peopling of the Americas Publications.
  • 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. Owsley, Douglas W. and Jantz, Richard L., editors. 139–186. College Station: Texas A&M University Press. In Peopling of the Americas Publications.
  • 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. Gill, George W. and Weathermon, Rick L., editors. 77–93. Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press.
  • Bruwelheide, Karin S. and Owsley, Douglas W. 2007. "Written in Bone: Reading the Remains of the 17th Century." AnthroNotes, 28, (2) 8–14.
  • 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. Chacon, Richard J. and Dye, David H., editors. 124–166. New York: Springer.
  • 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.

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