JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF TORONTO,
Beth Tikvah Synagogue and Classi Lectures
Featuring Dr. Selina Brace
Tuesday, 24 Jan 2023, 12:30-1:45 p.m. EST
VIRTUAL MEETING: Join from Home
Virtual doors open at 12:20 pm. EST.
The Mystery of the Bodies in the Well
In 2004, excavators discovered the skeletons of 17 bodies found in a medieval well in Norwich,
England. Who were these people and how did they die?
Join us to understand how Dr. Selina Brace and her team were able to solve this historical cold
case that has haunted researchers for close to 12 years and what it means for the Jewish
Dr. Selina Brace is a biologist who works with ancient and degraded DNA to investigate species-
level and evolutionary processes. She is a researcher in the Earth Sciences Department and
manages the ancient DNA laboratory at the Natural History Museum, London England.
Dr. Brace’s research centres on the use of genetic information from museum specimens to
understand taxonomic and evolutionary relationships, population structure and history, and the
ecological impact of past events. She has worked on a wide range of taxa including insects,
rodents and prehistoric humans, with a special interest in highly degraded tropical material from
the Caribbean, Indonesia and South America.
Her current projects include working with museum bees, investigating land-use change in
Indonesia and population structure in Andean bears from Colombia.
Please watch this video, History Cold Case – The Bodies in the Well, before registering.
To register for this event, please go to The Mystery of the Bodies in the Well – Classi Learning and select the free option.