Horse debate raises questions of anti-Indigenous bias in research

Figuring out how old a bone is starts with a saw that looks like an electric toothbrush.

Larkin Chapman, who’s about to start her doctorate in archaeology at the University of New Mexico, is in an office filled with animal bone samples and reference books. She’s using a Dermel saw to remove the tip of an ancient horse’s foot bone.

As bone dust filled the air, so did a burning smell.


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