March 26, 2014

1:58 AM | Bones - Season 9, Episode 18 (Review)
The Carrot in the KudzuEpisode SummaryA body encased in kudzu is brought into the Jeffersonian. Hodgins works to free the bone from the fast-growing invasive plant before its root system disarticulates the bones. Based on the size of the second cervical vertebra, Brennan guesses the person was male. Dr. Edison notes the angular eye orbit and guesses Caucasian. Although there was a lot of animal predation, several large fragments of organs remain for Saroyan, including the prostate, confirming […]

March 25, 2014

11:52 AM | Pigs on the Pyre- Solving Cremation Mysteries
There is a mystery in archaeology that numerous regions and eras have to deal with- where are the infants? Deceased infants are potentially treated differently when they die- the argument […]

Jæger, J & Johanson, V (2013). The cremation of infants/small children: An archaeological experiment concerning the effects of fire on bone weight, Cadernos do GEEvH, 2 (2) 13-26. Other: Link


March 21, 2014

1:20 PM | Recent Archaeomags
Current Archaeology #287 (February) has news of a roundhouse foundation that really caught my eye. English Iron Age roundhouses are usually visible simply as a circular ditch or a post circle. This house, at Broadbridge Heath in Sussex, had a foundation ditch shaped like a slightly open number 6: a spiral! I also enjoyed Nadia…

March 19, 2014

4:20 PM | Noah's Ark in Its Many Forms: Photos
Box-like, round and oval are among the various shapes Noah's Ark has been depicted through history.
4:20 PM | Noah's Ark: Did Hollywood Get It Right?
In the forthcoming epic Noah, the vessel by which the biblical hero saves himself and other appears like a huge shipping container. But is that right?
1:20 PM | Sacrificing The Gods’ Share
I found an excellent argument in a recent paper by Svend Hansen,* clinching something in a particularly satisfying way. Certain Bronze Age hoards in Northern Europe contain a lot of fragmented objects. But the pieces rarely add up to complete artefacts. In 2001 Stuart Needham argued that this may be due to a custom similar…

March 18, 2014

2:00 PM | The Antiquity of Cancer
Cancer is a leading cause of death in the world today, however it is something that archaeologists rarely identify in human remains from the past. The hypothesis behind this is […]

Binder, M., Roberts, C., Spencer, N., Antoine, D. & Cartwright, C. (2014). On the Antiquity of Cancer: Evidence for Metastatic Carcinoma in a Young Man from Ancient Nubia (c. 1200BC), PLoS ONE, 9 (3) DOI:

4:01 AM | Bones - Season 9, Episode 17 (Review)
The Repo Man in the Septic TankEpisode SummaryWhile Booth and Brennan argue about whether Christine should be allowed to go to church, they get a call about a body found in a septic tank.  Brennan asks for it to be shipped to the Jeffersonian, and it's there to greet them when they show up to work.  Also there is a new intern, Dr. Rodolfo Fuentes, who ostensibly needs additional training to bring the skills he developed in Cuba up to par with American forensic standards. Fuentes […]

March 17, 2014

1:20 PM | March Pieces Of My Mind #1
How come we have any idea of the diameter of the Oort cloud? And how does it relate spatially to the Kuiper belt? Ridiculous tiny Mac keyboard. No F keys, no delete key, tiny cursor movement keys. Research is a pretty open-ended activity that demands a certain amount of creativity. Among the many advantages of…
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