Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Human Skeletons under Microscope; CQUniversity Students Join Trip to Analyse Remains from Cave and Burial in Mexico

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Human Skeletons under Microscope; CQUniversity Students Join Trip to Analyse Remains from Cave and Burial in Mexico

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Byline: Vanessa Jarrett Vanessa.Jarrett@capnews.com.au

TWO Rockhampton university students are going on the trip of a lifetime, to analyse human remains.

The CQUniversity undergraduate anatomy students will help analyse human skeletal remains recently excavated from a cave in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, which borders Guatemala.

The analysis could provide interesting results because archaeologists who excavated them noted some teeth had jade stone inset in them.

Other remains were filed into shapes, some crania were modified and there were cut marks indicating defleshing and/or dismem- berment.

CQUni student Jacqueline Harper said the Mexican project would be a great way to start 2018 as she headed into her second year of study in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) degree.

"The Mexico study school appealed to me as it provides an opportunity for me to learn and experience new things," Ms Harper said.

"Visiting an unfamiliar country will provide insight into new cultures and allow me to gain additional knowledge, both personally and academically."

Around three years ago, Ms Harper moved from Northern Territory to Rockhampton with her husband and three children to expand career options.

The family hopes to return to work in remote communities.

"I believe that anything in life that does not go to plan or as expected is for a reason and that better options eventuate as a result," Ms Harper said.

"Studying at CQUniversity and having opportunities like this trip, is one of the positive things that transpired in my life."

CQUni student Hayley Vandenburg was focused on her podiatry degree but said she had always been interested in archaeology.

"It sounded like an amazing opportunity," Ms Vandenburg said.

"As the trip gets closer I am excited and nervous for my first overseas trip. …

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