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Mr Monkey at the Benjamin Franklin House

"It's a little bit icky, you know"

Mr Monkey examining some medical instruments Mr Monkey looking at a hole in the floor filled with bone fragments

Mr Monkey started the tour of the house in a kitchen, though there wasn't much kitcheny about it. Besides a display with a timeline of Franklin's life, Mr Monkey inspected a case of medical instruments, and a collection of human bones in a cavity in the floor. In 1770, Mrs Stevenson's daughter Polly married a doctor, William Hewson, who ran an anatomy school in the house. Running the school seems to have involved drilling holes into skulls, and leaving bones under the floor - 1200 trepanned and sawed up bones were excavated in 1998.

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