November 05, 2014

3:15 PM | Illegal Dig Unearths Ancient Egyptian Temple
Seven men have been arrested in Egypt after digging up an ancient temple under a house in Giza, just outside Cairo.
1:34 PM | Changes in Society and Diet from the Merovingian to Viking Age
Vikings are a hot topic right now. While I would hope this would be due to their interesting maritime culture, fascinating burial practices or an increased understanding in the important role […]

Naumann E, Price TD & Richards MP (2014). Changes in dietary practices and social organization during the pivotal late iron age period in Norway (AD 550-1030): Isotope analyses of merovingian and viking age human remains., American journal of physical anthropology, 155 (3) 322-31. PMID:


November 04, 2014

1:30 PM | Wreck of 17th-Century Dutch Warship Discovered
The vessel found in the southern Caribbean may be the Huis de Kreuningen, which was lost during a bloody fight between Dutch and French colonists.

November 03, 2014

11:57 AM | Micrograph of the Month: Bits of Bones
For the past few weeks I have been revisiting some old slides from the TP excavation area at Catalhoyuk. I collected these samples  in 2004, and they were some of the first that I worked on for my PhD. At the time I found them a bit disappointing, as there is a lot of bioturbation and erosion  going on in this part of the site, which means that trying to reconstruct activities using microstratigraphic analysis is difficult. The TP area is located very close to the surface of […]
11:33 AM | The identification of Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults from Post-Medieval Sites.
I haven’t been around to do a post on a particular pathology for a while but as I was looking through the International Journal of Paleopathology I came across an article looking at osteomalacia. During my pathology course at Uni we touched on this and therefore thought it would be a good article to focus […]

November 02, 2014

3:39 AM | Bones - Season 10, Episode 5 (Review)
The Corpse at the ConventionEpisode SummaryBrennan is the keynote speaker at the fictional National Forensic Sciences Convention and plans to tell the Schroedinger's cat joke.  At the convention, Hodgins has a run-in with an old nemesis, Leona Saunders, and the rest of the team geek out over new forensic tools. Brennan runs into author Tess Brown, and the latter appears to have a strained relationship with Edward Harkness, the chairman of the convention. Just as Brennan starts to talk, a […]

October 31, 2014

7:09 PM | Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 20)
This story seems to have slipped my notice over the last two weeks, but a team of radiologists in West Palm Beach, Florida, scanned an Egyptian mummy dating to 30-300 AD in advance of its going on display at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium.According to the news reports, which aren't terribly great, 40 years ago the mummy was studied, and researchers thought the mummy was that of a girl between the ages of 4-9 who died of tuberculosis.  The diagnosis rested on missing […]
6:47 PM | Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival LXV
Welp, I seem to have missed last month's RBC.  Oops.  So here's an extra-large helping of Roman(ish) bioarchaeology news for the last couple of months!Italy and Greece"Witch girl". Via Discovery News.6 October. Skeleton of possible 'witch girl' found (Discovery News). An adolescent skeleton in Liguria was found buried face-down; date is unclear, but possibly as early as the 6th century AD.  I heavily critiqued this interpretation in Which girl? Witch girl!Britain23 October. […]
6:17 PM | October Pieces Of My Mind #2
What are the best arguments to keep your home wifi password protected? I think it’s a pain in the ass. My retired neighbour makes prophecies of doom involving child pornographers standing around with laptops outside my fence, distributing contraband files and leaving me to do the jail time. I tell my students that the two…
1:20 PM | Ancient Stone Circles in Mideast Baffle Archaeologists
Huge stone circles in the Middle East have been imaged from above, revealing details of structures that have been shrouded in mystery for decades.
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October 30, 2014

6:34 PM | Week 27 Volunteering at the Royal College of Surgeons
This week has been a bit slow of me but every Thursday I have something to look forward to and volunteering always picks me up. I was also cheered up by seeing soldiers selling poppies for rememberence day and a man playing the bag pipeline Waterloo station. After a quick walk to the College I […]

October 29, 2014

1:05 PM | Halloween Horrors: Evidence of Torture in the Prehistoric Southwest US
With Halloween coming up right around the corner, there have been an increase in the attention paid to the spookier aspects of archaeology. We are increasingly able to find evidence of […]

Osterholtz, A. (2012). The social role of hobbling and torture: Violence in the prehistoric Southwest, International Journal of Paleopathology, 2 (2-3) 148-155. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpp.2012.09.011

12:33 PM | Cashel Man, A 4,000 Year Old Bog Body
I have just finished watching the BBC programme ‘4,000-year-Old Cold Case: the Body in the Bog‘. I have also been interested in the bog bodies ever since reading the poems by Seamus Heaney. I haven’t explored the research around the bodies personally but I will any news article or watch any programme on the subject.  […]
9:29 AM | NEW BOOK: "La Description de l'Egypte" de Jean-Jacques Rifaud (1813-1826)
Marie-Cécile BRUWIER, Wouter CLAES, Arnaud QUERTINMONT (Eds), "La Description de l'Egypte" de Jean-Jacques Rifaud (1813-1826), Éditions Safran288 pages, 28 x 38 cm (collection Connaissance de l'Égypte ancienne, 16)ISBN: 978-2-87457-076-659 euros 
9:21 AM | BOOK REVIEW: Dialogues with the Dead
David Gange, Dialogues with the Dead: Egyptology in British Culture and Religion, 1822-1922. Classical presences.   Oxford; New York:  Oxford University Press, 2013.  Pp. ix, 357.  ISBN 9780199653102.  $150.00.Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2014.05.36Reviewed by Daniele Salvoldi, Freie Universität, Berlin​

October 27, 2014

1:08 PM | Roman Gladiators Drank Ash Energy Drink
This ash beverage was served after fights and maybe also after training to help ease body pain. Continue reading →
10:57 AM | Paleolithic Cave Art in Indonesia and Spain.
Earlier this month an article was published in Nature revealing some new evidence of Paleolithic cave art. The most famous and probably well known cave art is the Lascaux Caves in France with depictions of large animals spanning the cave walls. Plenty of other examples of palaeolithic art has been found in Europe, especially in France and Europe […]
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