Students at John Paul College have been getting a lesson in human skeleton analysis from world renowned archaeologist Dr Estelle Lazer this week.
Students at John Paul College have been getting a lesson in human skeleton analysis from world renowned archaeologist Dr Estelle Lazer this week. SUBMITTED

Students examine skeletons

YOU’D be forgiven for mistaking the classrooms at John Paul College for sets of an episode of the television hit ‘Bones’ this week.

Students got the chance to get up close and personal with human skeletons as archaeologist Dr Estelle Lazer visited as their ‘artist in residence’.

On hand to work with history and science students from Years 7 to 12, Dr Lazer taught students about archaeology and what the human skeleton can tell us about the person’s life and cause of death.

“It’s been absolutely fabulous having Estelle here,” Head of History Mark Adams said.

“She’s been able to adjust what she presents for our students and they’ve been taking some really positive things out of it.

“They get to play with bones and all sorts of things, all the comments we’ve heard are really positive.”

Dr Lazer has worked on site in the Middle East, Italy, Cyprus, the UK, Antarctica, Australia and Pompeii for seven seasons and has an international reputation for her research on the city’s skeletal remains.

“It’s an absolute bonus having someone who is so highly regarded here,” Mr Adams said.

“The aim of our Artist in Residence program is to have someone in the school who will extend and challenge the students and that’s exactly what has happened.”

Dr Lazer is at the school until Friday.



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