August 22, 2014

5:02 PM | Friday Mushrooms
Has it really been almost four years since I blogged about mushrooms? This afternoon me and my wife repeated our September 8, 2010 expedition to the hills between Lakes Lundsjön and Trehörningen and picked almost a kilo of mushrooms in a bit more than an hour. We got: King bolete, Stensopp/Karl Johan, Boletus edulis Bay…
4:34 PM | Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 15)
The Huffington Post recently posted this picture and asked, "Is that a thigh bone on Mars?"Answer: No.  Just... what?  No.  Which part of that looks like a femur?Previous installments of Who needs an osteologist?Abbot House Museum needs an osteologist.The Zanjan Museum needs an osteologist.National Geographic Channel's "Nazi War Diggers" needs an osteologist.BBC/NOVA needs an osteologist.The Penn Museum needs an osteologist.National Geographic needs an osteologist.Acura needs an […]
4:10 PM | Oldest Metal Object in Middle East Discovered in Grave
A copper awl is the oldest metal object unearthed to date in the Middle East.

August 21, 2014

6:03 PM | Sphinxes Emerge From Huge Ancient Greek Tomb
The seated, wingless sphinxes were likely placed there to guard the large burial site. Continue reading →
5:37 PM | Week 19 Volunteering at The Royal College of Surgeons
So after two weeks away I’m back volunteering. I’ve been looking forward to today as I’ve really missed working with the bones. It took me a few minutes to settle back into the swing of things but once I had become reacquainted with the process I was on a roll! This week I had patelllas, […]
1:15 PM | 2,800-Year-Old Zigzag Art Found in Greek Tomb
Several pottery vessels found beside the sarcophagus and 13 more inside a niche in the tomb.

August 20, 2014

5:22 PM | Agriculture, Inequality and Cremation in Iron Age Spain
One of the major debates in archaeology is when do we begin to see inequality among human groups, and what caused this this to happen. Social inequality has been defined […]


2:09 PM | Shattered Lives and Broken Childhoods: A Case Study of Child Abuse in the Archaeological Record.
Recently I have wanted to focus more on human pathologies in archaeology when I came across this article ‘Shattered lives and broken childhoods: Evidence of physical child abuse in ancient Egypt.’ I have never come across an example of this before and therefore gave it a read. Child abuse is clinically classified as the maltreatment of a […]

August 18, 2014

4:12 PM | King Richard III Feasted on Wine and Swans
Analysis of the chemistry in the bones of the late king reveal his elitist diet. Continue reading →

August 15, 2014

4:01 PM | Ancient Maya Cities Found in Jungle
No other site has so far been located in this area, which extends over some 1800 square miles in the Mexican jungle.
3:30 PM | Ancient Cities Found in Mexican Jungle: Photos
One of the cities featured an extraordinary facade with an entrance representing the open jaws of an earth monster.
12:20 PM | August Pieces Of My Mind #1
Another good Swedish word: försoffad, literally “becouched”, of people who have grown lazy and passive. Do the Syndics of Cambridge syn with their dics? I’ve started writing an essay collection based on the routines I’ve developed for party conversations about archaeology with laypeople. It sometimes makes me nervous to see all the things we design…

August 13, 2014

3:00 PM | Fisherman Pulls Up Beastly Evidence of Early Americans
A 22,000-year-old mastodon skull and tool dredged from the seafloor in the Chesapeake Bay hints of early settlers in North America.

August 12, 2014

12:59 PM | Why are the elderly invisible in archaeological contexts?
For the past two months, I have been busy preparing my dissertation data for analysis. This means that I am taking the paper versions of my data from books, monographs, […]

August 11, 2014

7:20 PM | Chianti Wine's Origins Found Down a Well: Photos
The ancestor of Chianti wine may have been found in this ancient 105-foot-deep well in the Chiantishire region of Tuscany.
6:40 PM | Chianti Wine Ancestor Found
The ancestor seeds of Chianti wine were found in an ancient well in Tuscany.

August 10, 2014

9:00 PM | Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
Today I spent the day in London supporting my friend from back home on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. This is a cycle race with a course that goes through London and Surrey, finishing on Pall Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. Unfortunately due to bad weather the course had been cut down to miss out […]

August 08, 2014

3:39 PM | The Wit and Wisdom of Discowrld: The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents
This week’s ‘Wit and Wisdom’ is of ‘The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents’. I am currently re-reading this book and it makes me smile just as much as the first time I read it. Maurice is a cat, who talks, and overseas and overseas a pack of rats – all of who can also […]

August 07, 2014

9:15 PM | New Nazca Lines Found in Peruvian Desert
A sandstorm exposes undiscovered geoglyphs near the mysterious Nazca rock lines.
12:55 PM | Stone Age Skull May Contain Bits of Brain Matter
The skeletal fragment is about 8,000 years old and may have once belonged to an infant or a small child.
8:15 AM | Ski piste archaeology, elusive hunter-gatherers and WWI – Traversar VIII
Time to finally write a last “Traversar” post for this year. There are really two sides to our Passes of the Grison Project. Mostly we do inventory related work. We survey the study areas and record any archaeological sites we … Continue reading →

August 06, 2014

3:41 PM | 6,500-Year-Old 'Noah' Skeleton Found in Museum Closet
Some have nicknamed the ancient skeleton Noah, since the man had survived a great flood that may have later inspired the Biblical story. Continue reading →
3:20 PM | Ancient Skeleton Found in Closet: Photos
A 6,500-year-old skeleton was found in the basement of the Penn Museum. See photos.
12:55 PM | Giving the Past a Face: Facial Reconstructions
Excavations in Edinburgh revealed a previously undiscovered cemetery dating to the 1500s. The South Leith Parish Church cemetery was discovered while working on the new Edinburgh Trams project. Over the last five […]

August 05, 2014

4:45 PM | Roman Road Reveals Oldest Potholes
Some ancient road hazards are unearthed at Romano-British settlementm outside of Exeter, U.K. Continue reading →
12:20 PM | Sigfrid Steinberg: “Only Teach Such People To Read Who Will Like Good Books”
I’ve been reading a 1974 edition of Sigfrid Steinberg’s 1955 classic Five Hundred Years Of Printing. Overall I’ve found it interesting and instructive, with a fine touch of sarcastic humour. But I came across a few paragraphs on the value of universal literacy that are so alien to me that I almost had to rub…
3:45 AM | Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival XLIII
As predicted, bunches of stuff came out in July, which tends to be the most popular month for announcing Roman-era (and other-era) bioarchaeology finds.Pre-Roman Europe14 July. Vintage bling: Ancient Celts may have had shiny dental implants (LiveScience). A dental implant dating to the 3rd century BC was found in France. It seems the researchers who found the female skeleton can't actually tell if the implant was inserted before or after death.  They assume, though, that it was for […]

August 04, 2014

6:10 PM | 2,100-Year-Old Royal Mausoleum Found in China
Although the mausoleum had been plundered, archaeologists found that it still contained more than 10,000 artifacts.

August 02, 2014

3:55 PM | Week 18 Volunteering at the Royal College of Surgeons
So this is my last week for two weeks. Next Thursday I have my cousins wedding and the week after I’m off to Spain for a week for a bit of a break! This week I wanted to get through quite a bit to make up for the lost time over the next couple of […]

August 01, 2014

1:00 PM | Skull of the Month: the Hippo
Last month I decided not to do a ‘Skull of the Month‘ and I think that I’m going to make this one my last. This is because whilst I have enjoyed learning about animals and their bones I have found it difficult at times to find good material to read and report. Instead I intended […]
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