July 02, 2014

6:48 PM | Viking 'Hammer of Thor' Unearthed
An inscription on a 1,000-year-old amulet confirms that small Viking charms do represent Thor's hammer. Continue reading →
12:20 PM | Brooch and Ruin Dwellers
With two days of digging and one day of backfilling left at Stensö Castle, trenches A and B have already given a rich harvest of new information. The northern tower was a green ruin mound when we came to site. We now know that the tower was built entirely of greystone, it was round with…

July 01, 2014

12:20 PM | June Pieces Of My Mind #2
WTF! Ugly digital version of the wonderful claymation Shaun the Sheep! Curses! Top three Women As Sex Robots songs: Rollergirl: Superstar. Teddybears Sthlm: Yours To Keep. Kylie Minogue: Can’t Get You Out Of My Head. In the otherwise excellent boardgame Lords of Waterdeep there’s a quest called “Retrieve Ancient Artefacts”. Come on, do I really…

June 30, 2014

5:39 PM | My Trip to the Grant Museum, London
Today I had an interview in London and as it was in the morning I thought why not visit a museum on my way home?! I was already coming back on the Northern Line and knew that it went through Euston, where the Grant Museum is located. I have wanted to visit this museum for […]
12:20 PM | Strange Disc Is Modified Calcium Carbonate Concretion
Compare the disc from Stensö to these “fairy stone” calcium carbonate concretions from the Harricana River in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue admin region, Quebec, Canada. The Stensö piece has been sanded smooth and flat on one side. Locally these things are known as marlekor or mallrikor. Thanks to project advisor Lotta Feldt of the Östergötland County Museum…

June 29, 2014

4:03 PM | Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival XLII
Such a slow month for Roman bioarchaeology.  As I suggested last month, I'm guessing everyone's mum for now, waiting until they have time to analyze finds and announce them. Here are your paltry links for this month.20 May - A 160-kilo sphinx was stolen from the Cerveteri necropolis [Il Messagero]13 June - 9 Touching Epitaphs Greeks and Romans Wrote for Their Dogs [The Dodo]16 June - Remains of 'End of the World' Epidemic Found in Ancient Egypt [LiveScience] Third century AD bodies […]

June 28, 2014

2:43 PM | Found Two Walls And A Strange Disc
Our first week of two at Stensö is over, and already Chris, Fanny and Simon have made trench A answer the question we’ve asked of it. Way back in line with the trench’s top edge on the flank of the northern tower’s ruin mound, they’ve uncovered a neat wall face of dressed ashlar, and out…

June 27, 2014

6:25 PM | Where did Roman babies poop?
Today in "what has been bugging Kristina for no good reason..." I started thinking about Roman babies (as I am missing mine while in the field) and wondering if the Romans had diapers.  After all, by the Imperial period, they'd invented flush toilets, so why not pinned cloth diapers?  But my internet connection at work is not terribly reliable, and I couldn't wait to get back to the apartment, so I posted the question to Twitter and Facebook. A slew of classicists responded on […]
3:30 PM | Rare Incan 'Calculators' Found in Peru
The ancient string-based devices were used to solve mathematical problems and assist in record-keeping.

June 26, 2014

7:15 PM | Chariots, Gold Found at Bronze-Age Burial Site
Gold artifacts and possible human sacrifices were also discovered by archaeologists in the country of Georgia.
5:18 PM | New Interpretations from Old Books: Using Archives to Reassess Mortuary Sites
When we excavate an archaeological site, all of our paperwork, journals, interpretations, notes, maps, photos, and the artifacts and human remains are put into storage either at a country office, […]

June 25, 2014

6:18 PM | Ever wonder if you could get an implant of an ancient Roman tooth?
... because I spent hours thinking about this the other morning.  Fortunately, I met a dentist-turned-classicist and learned some random stuff.Etruscan bridge. See, I'm not thefirst to think of this!First up: Theoretically, could you implant an ancient Roman tooth in your jaw... you know, to screw with future bioarchaeologists?  According to the dentist (who shall remain nameless, because I don't need to drag him into my crazy) -- yes.  But the root would need to be coated in […]
5:32 PM | Principles Of Wall Erosion, And Our Pulley
Medieval walls are usually shell walls, where you construct an inner and outer shell of finely fitted masonry while filling the space between them with a jumble of smaller stones and mortar. Usually the facing stones don’t project much into the core. When the wall is allowed to erode, once the cap stones have fallen…
2:29 PM | 9 Touching Epitaphs Ancient Greeks And Romans Wrote For Their Deceased Dogs
I saw this post/article on my facebook page and had to share it. it shows how much humans have valued their pet dogs and little has changed since the time of the Ancient Greeks. This link will take you to the original post but the title pretty much sums it up: 9 Touching Epitaphs Ancient Greeks […]

June 24, 2014

4:13 PM | One Grave Does Not Equal One Person: Hunter-gatherer Graves in Argentina
There seems to be an assumption that one grave will only hold one individual. Why we assume this is kind of strange given that even today we don’t always bury […]
12:20 PM | Starting Up At Stensö
Drove down to Vikbolandet on Sunday night with my excellent colleague Ethan Aines from Stanford, and we were met at expedition HQ by seven of my Umeå students from last autumn semester. Very pleased to see them again! They’ve just finished their second term and several are scheduled to go on to the third. So…
10:00 AM | 19th Century 'Elixir of Long Life' Found
An 'Elixir of Long Life' is found among 19th-century liquor bottles in New York, and archaeologists mix up a batch. Continue reading →
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