The Mexican Soldier Skulls of San Jacinto Battleground - Two Papers



Discovery of the Mexican Soldier Skulls -- The existence of six skulls of Mexican soldiers who were killed in the battle of San Jacinto were discovered in 2009 by Symposium founder Jeff Dunn.  Four of these skulls were retrieved by American naturalist John James Audubon during his trip to Galveston and Houston in May 1837 and sent to his friend Samuel Morton.  Morton was a natural scientist who lived in Philadelphia and collected crania from around the world.  Two other Morton colleagues also sent him skulls of slain Mexican soldiers from San Jacinto battlefield.  Morton's unique collection, including these six Mexican soldier skulls, is now preserved at  the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia.  Following this exciting discovery the Symposium Committee through Jan DeVault retained internationally-renowned Dr. Doug Owsley of the Smithsonian Institution to conduct a forensic examination of the skulls.  His research findings will be presented publicly for the first time at the 2010 Symposium.  Read Jeff Dunn's paper, just click this title  "The Mexican Soldier Skulls of San Jacinto"  or the graphic above.  You can read the presentation that Dr. Owsley made at the 2010 Battle of San Jacinto Symposium just click this title "Cranial Injuries in Six Mexican Soldiers Killed at San Jacinto" or click the graphic below.