Reference by Owsley

June 8, 2009

Recommendation of Amanda D. Danning,

To whom it may concern,

In February 2009 the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) opened a forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology exhibition entitled Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th – century Chesapeake. This exhibition features facial reconstructions completed by experienced forensic sculptors.  Amanda Danning produced two exceptional bust sculptures of 1607 Jamestown colonists for the exhibition. Based on this experience and other positive interactions, I am pleased to submit this acknowledgement of Ms. Danning’s ability ad training as a highly skilled reconstructive sculptor.

Ms. Danning and I first collaborated in 2005 on a facial reconstruction of an ancient skeleton (9,700 RC yr. B.P.) discovered in the Horn Rock Shelter, Bosque County, Texas. The skull was reconstructed for an exhibition featuring the discoveries of this important archaeological site. We communicated for over 40 hours and exchanged numerous digital photos during this project.

Amanda is knowledgeable of craniofacial anatomy, quick to grasp the intricacies of anthropological reconstructive sculpting, and timely in the execution of her work. I saw the finalized sculpture of the Horn Rock Shelter Paleoamerican when I attended the premier of the exhibition. Her high quality work portrayed a level of detail and vitality that exceeded my expectations, far surpassing digital photographs viewed during the  production phase.

Confident that Amanda is one of the most talented sculptors available, I asked her to work with the NMNH again to reconstruct a 1607