April 23, 2014

3:14 PM | Ancient Chisel Used to Build Western Wall Found
The 2,000-year-old stonemason's chisel may have been used in the construction of the holy site for both Muslims and Jews. Continue reading →

April 22, 2014

7:22 PM | Trip to the Harry Potter Studios
So today I went to the Warner Bros. studio tour of Making Harry Potter. I’m not going to lie I was very excited and went a little snap happy. I’ve put a couple on this post but if you want to see a few more visit my tumblr post. It was an awesome day and […]
7:00 PM | My first Geocache find
I started with Geocaching at the weekend. It’s something like hide ‘n’ seek for people with a GPS or smartphone. So how does it work in practice? I looked for geocaches near me, and one that caught my eye was Welcome to the Withybeds. I’ve joined Radnorshire Wildlife Trust, but I hadn’t been to Withybeds…
11:56 AM | Society for American Archaeology Annual Conference
This week is the annual Society for American Archaeology conference in Austin, TX. At the meeting, I’m lucky enough to be involved in a number of great talks and forums this […]
3:36 AM | Bones - Season 9, Episode 22 (Review)
The Nail in the CoffinEpisode SummaryA family out camping has a corpse fall on them. Saroyan calls Booth but asks Brennan to stay home, since she thinks there may be a Ghost Killer link.  Brennan disobeys and comes to the scene anyway. Edison, who is on the scene first, notes the lack of a prominent glabella, suggesting the victim was female.  Based on predation, blowflies, and road beetles, Hodgins estimates she's been dead 8 to 10 days. Brennan immediately looks for an avulsion […]

April 21, 2014

10:05 PM | What did the Egyptians eat?
There’s something mystical and wonderful about Ancient Egypt. It is one of the first historical eras that really captured my imagination as a child. In many ways, I think this […]

April 20, 2014

3:00 PM | Speaker laments unwillingness of female MPs to moo at opponents in PMQs
You cannot legally use clips of debates in the Houses of Parliament satirically, because mocking middle-aged men mooing at their opponents would undermine the dignity of parliament.

April 19, 2014

3:00 PM | I’m giving up writing at Medium
I’ve been seriously thinking about moving to Ghost or Medium for writing. Ghost uses Markdown, which I like is handy for when I write in StackEdit.io. Medium has a very simple interface. It’s not customisable, but the flip side of that is that you don’t waste time trying to customise it. I gave Medium a…
3:00 AM | If you want to convince someone, get a friend to disprove what you’re saying
It turns out evidence is not always a help.

April 18, 2014

10:38 PM | What do you do on a Friday Evening?! Apparently I Learn About Duck Sexual Organs!
So I just finished watching a film and was just looking through my tumblr when I cam across the cartoon above. I had guessed that it was referring to a ducks penis but curiosity and wanting to check the facts got the better of me. A quick Google search brought up an article from sciencedaily.com […]
3:00 PM | How did being buried for 36 hours become three days?
Something that puzzled me about the resurrection was how a period of thirty-six hours or so became three days. There are other things too, but the period from death to Easter morning isn’t even forty-eight hours. Where does three days come from? Couldn’t ancient people count? It turns out they could, but they counted differently.…

April 17, 2014

7:20 PM | The Fix Was in for Ancient Wrestling Match
Researchers have deciphered a Greek document that shows an ancient wrestling match was fixed.
3:00 PM | 5 Years On — Chemotherapy Works
I wrote someone out of my will today. It was five years ago I had chemotherapy for cancer. It should have been six, but I held off getting a diagnosis because I was in the last year of my PhD and helping out with elderly relatives. I wasn’t strictly in denial about having cancer, but…

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 […]
1:18 PM | My CV – if anyone’s interested!
I decided to put my CV on my ‘About Me‘ page just in case. Some of you might want to know a little bit more about my education background and work experience and so I thought I would share it. To view my CV click here. Please get in touch if you have any questions […]
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 14, 2014

2:01 PM | The Evolution of Frugivory in the Bat family of Phyllostomidae
This article attempts to address the issue: why do some lineages consist of many species with a large degree of variation where as others have only a few species, with little variation? By using phylogenetic methods this question is investigated using large datasets on bats. This is because the order Chiroptera is one of the […]

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 […]
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