October 30, 2014

6:34 PM | Week 27 Volunteering at the Royal College of Surgeons
This week has been a bit slow of me but every Thursday I have something to look forward to and volunteering always picks me up. I was also cheered up by seeing soldiers selling poppies for rememberence day and a man playing the bag pipeline Waterloo station. After a quick walk to the College I […]

October 29, 2014

1:05 PM | Halloween Horrors: Evidence of Torture in the Prehistoric Southwest US
With Halloween coming up right around the corner, there have been an increase in the attention paid to the spookier aspects of archaeology. We are increasingly able to find evidence of […]

Osterholtz, A. (2012). The social role of hobbling and torture: Violence in the prehistoric Southwest, International Journal of Paleopathology, 2 (2-3) 148-155. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpp.2012.09.011

12:33 PM | Cashel Man, A 4,000 Year Old Bog Body
I have just finished watching the BBC programme ‘4,000-year-Old Cold Case: the Body in the Bog‘. I have also been interested in the bog bodies ever since reading the poems by Seamus Heaney. I haven’t explored the research around the bodies personally but I will any news article or watch any programme on the subject.  […]
9:29 AM | NEW BOOK: "La Description de l'Egypte" de Jean-Jacques Rifaud (1813-1826)
Marie-Cécile BRUWIER, Wouter CLAES, Arnaud QUERTINMONT (Eds), "La Description de l'Egypte" de Jean-Jacques Rifaud (1813-1826), Éditions Safran288 pages, 28 x 38 cm (collection Connaissance de l'Égypte ancienne, 16)ISBN: 978-2-87457-076-659 euros 
9:21 AM | BOOK REVIEW: Dialogues with the Dead
David Gange, Dialogues with the Dead: Egyptology in British Culture and Religion, 1822-1922. Classical presences.   Oxford; New York:  Oxford University Press, 2013.  Pp. ix, 357.  ISBN 9780199653102.  $150.00.Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2014.05.36Reviewed by Daniele Salvoldi, Freie Universität, Berlin​

October 27, 2014

1:08 PM | Roman Gladiators Drank Ash Energy Drink
This ash beverage was served after fights and maybe also after training to help ease body pain. Continue reading →
10:57 AM | Paleolithic Cave Art in Indonesia and Spain.
Earlier this month an article was published in Nature revealing some new evidence of Paleolithic cave art. The most famous and probably well known cave art is the Lascaux Caves in France with depictions of large animals spanning the cave walls. Plenty of other examples of palaeolithic art has been found in Europe, especially in France and Europe […]

October 24, 2014

12:20 PM | Landsjö Castle Plan Develops
I’m giving a talk on Landsjö castle to the Kimstad Historical Society next week, and while preparing my presentation I made a sketch plan of this summer’s discoveries regarding the plan. The ruin just barely breaks the turf, so we didn’t know much about the castle’s layout beforehand except that it had a 60-metre straight…
5:47 AM | Week 26 Volunteering at The Royal College of Surgeons
So after a week away from the college I was back with the bones and getting my head around Aldlib. I wasn’t here last week as it was my birthday so my boyfriend and I celebrated by going to Thorpe Park. It was awesome! My first task the day was to update the Adlib entries […]

October 23, 2014

7:20 PM | Mysterious 4,000-Year-Old 'CD-ROM' Code Cracked
Scholar says he's figured out a portion of the code on the ancient 'Phaistos disk.'
6:10 PM | Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 19)
Welcome back to Who needs an osteologist?  Today, we have a special fantasy-chimera edition thanks to my husband, who was recently at GitHub HQ in San Francisco for an all-company meeting.  He snapped this picture of the "skeleton" of the famous GitHub Octocat:Felis octocatus skeleton at GitHub headquartersOctocat in the fleshThe sign below the display reads, "Octocat Skeleton. Felis octocatus.  This piece, which GitHub was lucky enough to receive from an anonymous donor, is the […]

October 22, 2014

6:56 PM | Roman Gladiators' (and a Gladiatrix's?) Diet
A press release is going around about a dietary analysis of Roman gladiator skeletons from Imperial-era Ephesos, headlined "Roman gladiators ate a mostly vegetarian diet and drank a tonic of ashes after training."While I haven't had time to carefully and thoroughly dissect the publication, which came out last week in PLoS (Losch et al. 2014), it seems reasonably sound. The published C/N isotope ratios are totally in line with what we'd expect from the Roman diet--and also show the variation […]
3:05 PM | Ancient Human Skulls Shed Light on Dairy Use
The research unexpectedly revealed that ancient Europeans started dairying thousands of years before they evolved genes to make the most of it.
1:50 PM | Sphinx Head Found in Mysterious Greek Tomb
The head is the face of a beautiful woman, smiling slightly. But why was the head of the sphinx found inside the tomb's chamber? Continue reading →

October 21, 2014

2:00 PM | 6,000-Year-Old Temple with Possible Sacrificial Altars Found
A 6,000-year-old temple holding human-like figurines and sacrificed animal remains has been discovered in Ukraine..
1:45 PM | The Future of Cemeteries
If there is anything that we’ve learned from the past, its that there are a myriad of options for dealing with the deceased. The way the deceased are buried or […]

October 20, 2014

9:20 PM | King Tut Re-Creation Presents a Shocking Image
The pharaoh’s parents were brother and sister, he had a club foot, feminine hips and a large overbite. Continue reading →
12:20 PM | New Popular Book On The Viking Period
Anders Winroth (born in 1965) is a Swedish historian who received his PhD from Columbia in 1996 and now holds an endowed professorship in history at Yale. He has written several books on the Viking Period for lay readers, the latest one of which I’ve been given to review. The main contents of The Age…

October 19, 2014

12:07 PM | Ownit Deploys Wifi Routers With Security Hole Across Sweden
My whole housing development recently changed Internet Service Providers. We now have optical fibre from Ownit, offering hundreds of megabits per second. It works just fine. But there’s a security issue and Ownit aren’t taking it seriously. All over Sweden, Ownit are deploying wifi routers that work out of the box. If you want to…

October 18, 2014

7:23 PM | Best-Ever Portrait of Alexander the Great Found?
The recently uncovered mosaic in a mysterious Greek tomb may be the clearest depiction of the famous ruler as a young man.

October 17, 2014

4:09 PM | October Pieces Of My Mind #1
The Relentless Babblings of the Darkmire Soothsayer: “And then there shall come a day when things will be lost and people won’t know where things really are and brothers will run away for absolutely no reason at all and fathers won’t know where other fathers are or where they once were. And friends will walk…
3:35 PM | Bones - Season 10, Episode 4 (Review)
The Geek in the GuckEpisode SummaryTwo tween boys trying to evade their parents' internet block manage to find a dead body on a satellite map of the shore along the Potomac River. Offscreen, the body is recovered and brought to the Jeffersonian.  Brennan and intern Jessica Warren see a narrow sciatic notch and partially defined lower extremity of the pubic face to conclude that the individual was a white male in his 20s. Hodgins estimates based on blowfly larvae that the body has been on […]

October 16, 2014

2:30 PM | Mysterious Slab in Russia May Be a Sundial
A strange chunk of rock discovered in Russia more than 20 years ago appears to be a combination sundial and moondial from the Bronze Age.
1:00 PM | Association
I really want a new Kindle. This makes no sense. I already have a Kindle, it works well enough. Certainly it’s fast enough to read from. The money I would spend on a new Kindle I could spend on books instead. What I think has happened is association. When I think about buying a new…
12:43 PM | Greek Tomb Mural Depicts Abduction of Persephone
A mural on the floor of a mysterious tomb in Greece reveals the character of Persephone, the daughter of Zeuis and Demeter in Greek mythology. Continue reading →

October 15, 2014

11:57 PM | Pitfalls for new professional archaeology bloggers
This is the last of three posts for students in my Introduction to Professional Archaeology topic, as well as other people who are new to blogging about archaeology. You can read previous posts here and here. So you are considering starting a blog yourself—or have started one already. Great! In this post, I look at some of the […]
4:52 PM | English Votes for English Laws makes sense, so long as you don’t actually think about it
So it became apparent surprisingly quickly that the Union side of the Scottish referendum had no Plan A for if they won. The panicked offer given to Scotland has stirred up the demand for EVEL, English Votes for English Laws. EVEL is interesting because it highlights the problems there are with the union. The basic…
1:00 PM | Largest Pottery Workshop of Greek Antiquity Found
The largest kiln is 17 feet in diameter, making it the biggest kiln ever found in a Greek city. Continue reading →

October 14, 2014

10:14 PM | The benefits of blogging
In a post earlier this week I provided a brief account of why blogging is of interest to archaeologists and also touched on aspects of the history of ‘archaeo. blogging’. I’ve taken the time to do this to provide students in my Introduction to Professional Archaeology class with a background to blogging and social media in archaeology, which I […]
3:49 PM | New Morbid Terminology: Overburden
As funerary archaeologists, we need to consider the whole range of behavior surrounding death and burial. This includes the ritual surrounding preparation of the body for burial, modes of transportation […]

McGowan, G. & Prangnell, J. (2014). A method for calculating soil pressure overlying human burials, Journal of Archaeological Science, DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2014.09.016

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