The UNM Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series presents "History Written in Bones: Life and death at La Isabela, Columbus' first permanent town in the New World (AD 1494-1498)" on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m. in Hibben Hall, room 105.

Speaker Andrea Cucina, Faculty of Anthropological Sciences at the University Autónoma de Yucatan, lectures on La Isabela was the first permanent European settlement in the New World. Founded by Christopher Columbus in 1494, it was characterized by famine, disease and death until abandonment in 1498. The analysis of the skeletal remains unearthed in the town's small cemetery, in conjunction with historical and archaeological information, reveals the population's demic and ethnic structure, pathological conditions and possible reasons behind the settlers' swift deaths.