April 16, 2014

3:25 PM | Sharing the joy of scrapers
Today I met up with my project partner Laure in Fribourg, to discuss our progress and collect another sample of chipped stone artefacts for use wear analyses. We do not work in the same place and do not see each … Continue reading →
2:30 PM | Mysterious Siberian Mummies: Photos
Explore mummies and artifacts found among 34 shallow graves in Siberia.
1:37 PM | Siberian Mummies in Copper Masks Pose Mystery
An unusual find of 34 mummies in Siberia has archaeologists wondering who these people were -- and why they wore copper masks. Continue reading
12:20 PM | April Pieces Of My Mind #1
I want my spell-checker word list to reside in the cloud so that I won’t have to start from scratch, adding names of Swedish provinces and archaeologists to the list, separately for each computer I work at. I’m tired of Star Trek and Star Wars. Let’s forget about them. The Space Odyssey took place 13…

April 15, 2014

5:18 PM | Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 12)
Came across this blog post on the so-called salt mummies of Iran, which has pictures of the mummies on display in the Zanjan Museum... which seems to need an osteologist.  These are two shots of one mummy, from the feet and from the head.  Check out the tibiae/fibulae and humeri.  Those are wonky, no?Saltman no. 2 , currently on display in Zanjan Musem.By Mardetanha (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL […]
12:11 PM | What did Genghis Khan eat?
Everyone knows something about Genghis Khan. His story and empire is part of the basic history of the world we learn growing up. He came into power by uniting disparate […]
3:42 AM | Bones - Season 9, Episode 21 (Review)
The Cold in the CaseEpisode SummaryA body is found in a swampy area in a new subdivision.  Brennan concludes based on the vertical frontal bone and mental eminence of the mandible that the body belonged to a female in her mid-30s. The prominent maxilla apparently means to Brennan that she was Caucasian. Animals seem to have eaten the hands and feet but curiously not the meatier parts. Brennan notes extensive fracturing to the bones but does not think it relates to blunt force trauma. Time […]

April 11, 2014

12:20 PM | Pimp My Book Manuscript
Since late ’09 my main research project has concerned the Bronze Age in the four Swedish provinces surrounding Lakes Mälaren and Hjälmaren. I’ve looked at the landscape situation of the era’s deposition sites, which is pretty much where you find bronze objects. Yesterday I finished the first draft of the book (except the descriptive gazetteer,…
2:47 AM | Who needs a classicist? (Installment 2)
Oh come on, Slate.  I would expect this from Buzzfeed, but not you.Original LinkDictionary entry for Slate headline-writing-internh/t Arum ParkPrevious installments of Who needs a classicist?Bones needs a classicist.

April 10, 2014

12:34 PM | Defending my PhD Proposal
Today, I am defending my PhD proposal. I’ve been working on this proposal since last summer, and its finally ready for a public defense. I am extremely excited and nervous! […]

April 09, 2014

6:02 PM | Ancient Egyptian Coffin Unearthed in Israel
A 3,300-year-old cylindrical clay coffin complete with the skeleton of a man buried with a gold scarab seal of Pharaoh Seti I, has been unearthed in Israel. Continue reading →

April 08, 2014

3:05 PM | Ancient Eskimo Artifacts Reveal Animal Connection: Photos
Artifacts from an early Eskimo winter village reveal how intertwined human and animal lives were at the site.
12:23 PM | Happy Day of DH- Announcing ieldran: Early Anglo-Saxon Cemetery Mapping Project
Happy Day of Digital Humanities! This is a day where we celebrate the wide variety of ways that people use digital tools and technology to answer humanities/social science questions and […]
12:20 PM | The New Face of Old Uppsala
This little guy is the new face of Old Uppsala. Most likely a religious amulet, being too small for a gaming piece, he showed up as a corroded lump in a cremation grave of the Late Vendel Period, early-8th century. The same grave also yielded a lovely millefiori glass bird gem, glass beads, and very…
4:05 AM | Bones - Season 9, Episode 20 (Review)
The High in the LowEpisode SummaryAs police chase an escaped criminal, the man finds a dead body in a hollow log he's attempting to hide in.  He freaks out.  Brennan and Booth, who are at a shooting range so Booth can practice for his shooty-runny-thinky FBI exam, get the call about the body and head out to Great Falls National Park which, amazingly, is actually close to D.C. The body has been shoved into a tree stump two miles from the nearest road. Most of the bugs are residents of […]

April 03, 2014

7:06 PM | Re-Analysis and Death in Iron Age Britain
Re-analysis is an interesting phenomenon in archaeology. It can be both a good thing and a bad thing depending on the collection and type of materials. Re-analysis is exactly what […]

Armit, I., Neale, N., Shapland, F., Bosworth, H., Hamilton, D. & Mckenzie, J. (2013). The Ins and Outs of Death in the Iron Age: Complex Funerary Treatments at Broxmouth Hillfort, East Lothian, Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 32 (1) 73-100. DOI:

12:59 PM | Pile dwellings and dug-outs. A review of two archaeological exhibitions in Bern and Biel.
The first European Neolithic site I dug was in the south of the Netherlands. All we found were post holes, colourful traces in the yellow sand. We found a handful of pottery shards and a few flint tools, and not … Continue reading →
11:53 AM | Creativity in Osteology Labs
As I mentioned in my "Hyoidkus" post, I've taken the opportunity afforded by teaching Human Osteology at a new institution to overhaul old labs and create spiffy new ones that attempt to engage students' abilities to think both rationally and creatively.  Here are some of the creative activities from the last three labs, with the best among student responses to each...In your lab write-up, include a paragraph describing – using as precise anatomical terminology as possible – […]

April 02, 2014

9:19 PM | Bones - Season 9, Episode 19 (Review)
The Turn in the UrnEpisode SummaryBooth and Brennan attend a funeral for Todd Mirga, a billionaire Romani hedgefund manager who funded Brennan's research in the past and was found in his safe room, having OD'ed on heroin. During the funeral, however, Todd shows up and claims that he was out of the country in rehab for his heroin problem. The team scans images of the dead body and notes that, when the body was found three weeks after death, the face was swollen and unrecognizable, and the body […]
12:20 PM | March Pieces Of My Mind #2
Swedish Mail’s money transfer numbers usually have eight digits. My mother’s number has four. This is because the account was originally opened by her grandfather in 1925, shortly after the service started. Kipling was quite conservative in many things, but still a recurrent theme in his short stories is a deep sympathy for women who…

April 01, 2014

3:30 PM | Digging Up a Medieval Latrine: Photos
A series of barrels were apparently once used as toilets in Medieval Denmark.
3:19 PM | Medieval Poop Found: Still Stinks
The well-preserved excrement reveals that these Medieval Danish ate lots of raspberries and used moss as toilet paper. Continue reading →
1:26 PM | Who needs a classicist? (Installment 1)
You're all probably aware of my occasional series, "Who needs an osteologist?" where I show images with poorly laid-out skeletons because no one thought to consult an osteologist or even the internet.  Well, while watching last night's Bones, I realized there's a need for a new series, "Who needs a classicist?"According to Brennan, this is a Mesopotamian "sacrificial basin" from 3000 BC:Yeah, no.  This looks like an Attic red-figure lekanis to me (dating to about 400-300 BC). […]
11:28 AM | The Future of Blogging for Bones Don’t Lie
This is the final blog post in a series of larger blogging carnival posts hosted by the blog Doug’s Archaeology. The previous posts have focused on why we blog, what […]
10:27 AM | Blogging Archaeology – Join us!
It is already the last month of Doug’s Blogging Archaeology Carnival and although I have not been able to join in every month’s instalment, it has been great to see such a large part of the international archaeological blogging community … Continue reading →

March 31, 2014

7:02 PM | Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival XXXIX
News from the Roman and Roman-adjacent world for March... Strangely, no good pictures of bones this month.Roman-Area Finds and Articles24 February - Authorities to Seize a Roman Statue in Queens That They Say Was Stolen (NY Times). The illegally obtained life-size sarcophagus lid, which depicts Ariadne, may have been looted from a Swiss gallery in 2002.3 March - New Discoveries at the Gallic Necropolis of Esvres-sur-Indre (Past Horizons). This Late Iron Age/Early Roman cemetery in […]
6:21 PM | Blogging (Bio)Archaeology - Where do we go from here?
Doug's question this month for the Blogging Archaeology carnival is, "Where are you going with blogging or where would you like it to go?  My answer is pretty simple: I'd like to write more.The latest incarnation of this blog coincided with my jump into a sort of public-facing science blogging (the whole "Gay Caveman" thing).  Since then, I've written a whole bunch of essays that I'm pretty proud of, like:Line on the Left, One Cross Each: The Bioarchaeology of […]

March 29, 2014

1:20 PM | Swedish Linux Users: Avoid Elgiganten
As detailed here before, a few Samsung laptop models have a firmware bug that makes them liable to becoming inert bricks if you install Linux. It’s a one-way process. This happened to me when I bought an ultrabook from the Elgiganten big-box store last summer. Both Samsung and the store refused to reimburse me for…

March 28, 2014

1:20 PM | Two Medieval Ruins
I drove down to Norrköping Thursday morning to look at two small Medieval castle ruins for my new project. The one at Landsjö in Kimstad is difficult to reach because it’s on a small island in a lake where nobody keeps a boat. So I had bought one of those big tractor-tyre things (that people…

March 27, 2014

12:50 PM | Roman Emperor Dressed as Pharaoh in Newfound Carving
An ancient stone carving on the walls of an Egyptian temple depicts the Roman emperor Claudius dressed as an Egyptian pharaoh, wearing an elaborate crown.
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