September 30, 2014

9:32 PM | Greek Tomb's Female Sculptures More Than 12 Feet Tall
The height of the sculptures and their pedestals make them an imposing presence at the tomb's entrance. Continue reading →
7:30 PM | Ancient Quake Revealed by Remains: Photos
A woman's gold pendant and the thigh of a statue are among the items archaeologists recovered in the ancient city of Hippos.
7:11 PM | Skeletons Shed Light on Ancient Earthquake in Israel
Skeletons crushed under a collapsed roof reveal death and destruction caused by the earthquake that hit Israel and the region in 363 A.D. Continue reading →
12:45 PM | 600-Year-Old Canoe Discovered in New Zealand
Sophisticated oceangoing canoes and favorable winds may have helped early human settlers colonize New Zealand, a pair of new studies shows.

September 29, 2014

12:00 PM | Bones Don’t Lie is Getting Married and Other Morbid Wedding Thoughts
I am going to be taking the next week off from blogging because I’m getting married on October 4th! I’ll be back with normal posting on October 7th. No, I am […]

September 26, 2014

4:54 PM | Week 23 Volunteering at the Royal College of London
Today I got to start on the new project at the college and pretty pleased I can do it! I think I’ve mentioned what this project invokes but I certainly don’t mind explaining it again! This project is similar to the last one as I am having to record and inventory another collection. However, the […]
12:20 PM | Fornvännen’s Winter Issue On-Line
Fornvännen 2013:4 is now on-line on Open Access. Ulf Ragnesten on an ornate late-1st millenium BC bronze chain belt from a cremation grave in a Gothenburg suburb. Lars Larsson and Bengt Söderberg on recent excavations at the huge 1st millennium AD royal manor complex of Uppåkra, with in situ arson victims found among the building…
2:11 AM | Bones Review - Season 10, Episode 1
Welcome to Season 10, Bones fans and haters. I’m back for another season of unabashed snark and secret fan-girl-ing. My own week was full of Bones-style adventures – mystery human remains and an FBI agent! So join me in knocking back a couple dirty martinis while we hatelove on a new year of Bones.The Conspiracy in the CorpseEpisode SummaryBooth has been in jail for an indeterminate amount of time (but my guess is about 3 months over the summer).  For the sake of narrative […]

September 24, 2014

8:00 PM | Greek Tomb's Female Forms Hint Olympias May Lie Within
The female statues guarding a tomb in Greece may suggest that Alexander the Great's mother lies there.
2:25 PM | More than 50 'Nazca Lines' Found in Kazakhstan
Geoglyphs with various shapes and sizes, including a massive swastika, have been discovered across the northern part of the country.

September 23, 2014

12:51 PM | Disarticulated Remains: Evidence of Ritual or Scavenging?
There is a joke among archaeologists about the use of the term ‘ritual’. Basically, it seems to be a common thing that when an archaeologist can’t understand a site, when […]

September 22, 2014

12:30 PM | Skeleton Couple Still Holding Hands After 700 Years
The skeletal remains of two lovebirds were uncovered, after being locked in a romantic embrace for the past 700 years.
12:20 PM | Don’t Blame The Tea-Bagger 13% On Me
The Sweden Democrats (SD) is a racist populist party that got 13% of the vote in the recent Swedish parliamentary election. They got into Parliament four years ago at the expense of the Labour Party. This time around they more than doubled their support at the expense of the Conservative Party, who lost a precarious…
10:00 AM | Greek Tomb's Female Sculptures Fully Revealed
The 7.45-foot-tall statues stand on a marble pedestal, wearing high-soled red-and-yellow shoes.

September 19, 2014

4:20 PM | Sunken 'Ship of Gold' Contains Bounty of Jewelry, Treasures
A trove of gold coins, bracelets, buckles and broaches are among the precious treasures retrieved from a 157-year-old shipwreck off the coast of South Carolina.
10:15 AM | The Harris Line/Growth Arrest Lines
On my about me and CV pages I’ve mentioned my Master’s work, which was based in the field of archaeology and anthropology. The main focus of my research was to observe and investigate a feature of human bone using micro-CT; this feature was the Harris Line (HL), or growth arrest lines. I’ve been doing this […]
9:00 AM | Intricate Treasures From Stonehenge Burial: Photos
Among the buried objects, one of the finest was a dagger with an intricately decorated wooden handle.
9:00 AM | Stonehenge Intricate Treasures Made by Children
The tiny handiwork involved in making treasures found near Stonehenge likely involved the small fingers -- and strained eyes -- of children. Continue reading →

September 18, 2014

6:41 PM | Holding Hands That Aren't There
This photo has been circulating wildly of late, purporting to show a couple "that have been holding hands for 700 years" (according to the University of Leicester's press release).The dig blog is a bit less, erm, truth-stretchy, labeling them as "a man and women [sic] buried side by side with their arms crossed together."  Which is good because, well, where are their hands?Holding hands is a nice story.  And it could be true.  Buuuuut... one corpse's arm could have just been […]
5:07 PM | Week 22 Volunteering at the Royal College of Surgeons
Today I wasn’t feeling great- I’m not sure what’s up I just didn’t feel like myself however the thought if going in to London made me feel a lot better. I also wanted to be in today as I knew that it would be my last week on the current project before moving on to […]
12:00 PM | Ancient Egyptian Woman With 70 Hair Extensions Discovered
More than 3,300 years ago, in a newly built city in Egypt, a woman with an incredibly elaborate hairstyle of lengthy hair extensions was laid to rest.
10:15 AM | It’s a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’. It really shouldn’t be.
Today is a chance for major constitutional change in the UK. If ‘yes’ wins, then the result would be a shock for both sides. Given the choice Devo-Max, Scotland would stay in the UK. A party with one MP in Scotland decided this couldn’t be an option as it would be a win for the…

September 17, 2014

10:00 PM | In the UK? Science (might) need You!
This week I finally met my local MP for the first time. If I’d been on the ball I’d even have got a photo to prove it, but it’s just as well I didn’t as I was having an ill day, so I would have simply looked sick and sweaty next to him. Instead here’s…
2:02 PM | An Unusual Case of Scurvy found in the Maya
Scurvy is caused by a lack of vitamin C in one’s nutrition. Historical accounts of the disease are first recorded in 1845, noting the presence of rosy patches of skin, […]

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September 16, 2014

2:08 PM | Is ‘No’ campaigning to a London audience?
It certainly was yesterday, with Michael Gove among the people campaigning against Scottish independence in London. It might be an example of where the Unionists have misunderstood both the opposition and their own campaign. The ‘No’ campaign is a campaign against nationalism. It’s a campaign against quite a dated idea of nationalism. One of the…
11:00 AM | 3rd Room of Ancient Greek Tomb Revealed
The latest images show an arched, soil-filled room, with some traces of red paint on the limestone walls.

September 15, 2014

3:00 PM | Viking Fortress Reveals 'Fierce Warriors' Were Decent Architects
A new archaeological discovery in Denmark suggests that these notorious fighters were also decent builders.
12:20 PM | September Pieces Of My Mind #1
Why you should never get a tattoo: it’s a fashion item that can never be upgraded. Imagine being forced to wear 1979 glasses all of your life from age 18 on. So boring to proofread hyphenation. Artists referenced in the sleeve notes to Goat’s first album: 1. Dan Andersson, 2. Boubacar Traoré. Jrette has excellent…

September 12, 2014

10:45 AM | …and this is why you don’t use Google Translate for professional events
The Swansea Bay 10k run is offering events for kids too. Including “the Dylan Thomas Mile and Mascot Race” or in Welsh “Dylan Thomas Milltir a Masgot Hiliol” Race in the sense on running quickly would be Ras so what exactly is that mascot?.

September 11, 2014

9:26 PM | Female Greek Guard Statues Fully Revealed
Greek archaeologists excavating the large and mysterious burial mound in Amphipolis have now revealed the full body of the two figures unearthed on Saturday, showing the sculptures’ great artistic value. Continue reading →
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