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October 12, 2014

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8:26 PM | Philip Who? On the recent reanalysis of skeletal remains from Vergina
Facade of the tomb at VerginaWhen I was an undergrad, one particular class lecture on Greek archaeology made a big impression on me.  We were learning about the amazing tomb discovered buried underneath a mound of dirt at Vergina in the late 1970s.  It's sort of a house-tomb style, with a gorgeous facade, wall paintings, and a slew of artifacts.  We also learned that the excavators had found the remains of at least four people in three tombs -- but that's all we learned, as […]
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6:35 PM | Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 18)
A new "vampire" grave was just announced this week in Bulgaria.  But I'm not writing about the interpretation of the way the skeleton was buried, which honestly seems to fit with the current theory that, prior to the understanding of germ theory, many of these "revenant" graves are related to keeping the dead in their place so they don't infect the rest of the population with whatever plague was going around.No, the picture that accompanies every news story I've seen of the Bulgarian […]
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2:55 PM | Stunning Mosaic Floor Uncovered in Greece's Mystery Tomb
The central theme depicts a chariot in motion driven by Hermes, who is most likely escorting King Philip II to the Underworld. Continue reading →
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2:45 PM | Greek God Hermes Featured in Ancient Mosaic: Photos
A mosaic floor made from small white, black, gray, blue, red and yellow pebbles emerged during a dig.

October 11, 2014

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8:49 PM | The interdisciplinary continuum in studies of Humanity and the Earth
Sometimes I find it hard to put myself into a subject area box. I was a Geography undergraduate, a Geoarchaeology MSc student, and did a PhD jointly in Chemistry and Archaeology. What does that make me? I used to say I was a geoarchaeologist, applying the methods of geoscience to archaeological questions. But I realised that was too narrow, as even the methods I draw upon vary depending on the question being asked, and indeed a multi-proxy approach is something which I try  to promote. My […]
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2:37 AM | Bones - Season 10, Episode 3 (Review)
The Purging in the PunditEpisode SummaryA couple of private school girls on their way to volunteer at a soup kitchen find a dead body under an underpass.  It was stuck part way in a drain, and stoats had eaten the flesh off most of the upper half, leaving the lower half clothed and intact. Hodgins estimates time-of-death at 3 days prior, Brennan guesses from the orbital margins the person was male and Caucasian, and Saroyan confirms because the genitalia are intact. The gabardine pants and […]

October 10, 2014

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10:51 PM | Dating shell mounds at Weipa, Cape York Peninsula
I was just emailed this rather nifty word cloud that the Editors of Australian Archaeology have generated for a paper I have coming out in that journal later this year. It’s a great graphic depiction of what the paper is about: looking at possible patterns in radiocarbon dates on shell mounds for the Weipa region in Cape York […]
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8:37 PM | 'Titanic of the Ancient World' Reveals Treasure Trove
An international expedition recovers antiquities from one of the richest shipwrecks of antiquity, with more to come. Continue reading →
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10:00 AM | Remains of Alexander the Great's Father Confirmed Found
King Philip II's bones are buried in a tomb along with a mysterious woman-warrior.
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9:40 AM | Week 25 Volunteering at the Royal College of Surgeons
I can’t believe that’s is October already but it certainly felt like it! As soon as I stepped out of my front door it started to pour down with rain and if course it stopped over I arrived at the station. However I spotted a friend add I got on my train which made up […]

October 09, 2014

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4:04 PM | impressionen 2007-2012
Originally posted on Rückwege Blog:Marcel:It is already a few years ago that I took part in the fieldwork part of the “Silvretta Historica” project of my friend Th. Reitmaier. The fieldwork has been completed and now it is time for post-excavation work and once … Continue reading →

October 07, 2014

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3:43 PM | My Master’s Work – Research on the Harris Line
I have created a page that  will discuss the work and findings that I conducted as a Master’s student at Bristol University. This work investigated a feature of human bone, called a Harris Line (HL), using a new perspective: a micro-CT scanner. Before continuing to read this page I strongly suggest reading my page entitled My […]

October 06, 2014

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9:18 PM | Which girl? Witch girl!
Today's news brings word of the skeleton of a 13-year-old adolescent unearthed from a cemetery in Italy that dates to the 5th-16th centuries AD.  From what I can glean from the report in Discovery News, the burial stands out because the adolescent was buried prone (face-down), which is abnormal for this cemetery.  I don't have time or energy at the end of a long Monday to thoroughly dissect this, so here are the highlights:First, the news media is calling this a "Witch Girl," in spite […]
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8:00 PM | Skeleton of Possible 'Witch Girl' Found
The skeleton of a girl buried face down, meant as a punishment in the afterlife, is found by archaeologists in Italy.

October 05, 2014

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2:30 AM | Bones Review - Season 10, Episode 2
The Lance to the HeartEpisode SummaryBooth and Brennan are desperate for answers to Sweets' murder but get nowhere on the phone.  At the Jeffersonian, Brennan, Daisy, and Edison examine his remains. Brennan notes a linear fracture to the right femur and Edison points out fractures on the greater cornua of the hyoid as well as crushing injuries to the thyroid cartilage.  The neck trauma makes Brennan think Sweets' killer was military trained. But Sweets' cause of death was an aorta […]

October 04, 2014

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12:00 PM | Great Archaeological Discoveries Ahead: Photos
Have the most important temples, tombs, pyramids, cities, and civilizations been found? Not at all.
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12:00 PM | Opinion: More Archaeological Finds Coming Through Tech
Is there anything left to discover? Have the most important temples, tombs, pyramids, cities, and civilizations been found?

October 03, 2014

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7:06 PM | Early Image of Beardless Jesus Found
A glass plate featuring a beardless Jesus is one of the earliest known images of Christ. Continue reading →
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6:16 PM | Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 17)
While this discovery is very cool -- embryotomy, or the surgical removal of a fetus, dating to more than a century ago -- both LiveScience and the University Museum in Chieti-Pescara need an osteologist:  Mummified Fetus Reveals Ancient Surgical Procedure / Mummified Fetus Discovered in Italy (Photos).First, the LiveScience reporter writes about an "ancient" (is 1840 "ancient"?) "surgical procedure" performed on a fetus (embryotomy, I'd argue, is a surgical procedure performed on a […]
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12:55 PM | Mummified Fetus Reveals Ancient Surgical Procedure
Procedure was apparently done when a mother's life was in danger or the fetus had already died.

October 02, 2014

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11:06 PM | Week 24 Volunteering at the Royal College of Surgeons
Today I had a full day looking at the Tulsty Collection of infant skulls. It is extremely interesting and I am learning quite a few new terms. These new terms relate to various diseases and skull shapes which have been observed on some individuals. Today I saw a few cases of anencephaly which causes portions […]
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4:50 PM | Marble Door Revealed in Greek Tomb
The impressive door is made from marble brought down from the island of Thasso and bolsters the theory that the site is a grand tomb. Continue reading →
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3:55 PM | I read The Martian by Andy Weir…
…and quite enjoyed it.
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12:20 PM | Role-Playing Debate Exercise On Burial Archaeology
I did a fun exercise with my Umeå archaeology freshmen Monday: a role-playing debate about the ethics of burial archaeology. The framework was a hearing at the Ministry of Culture regarding a planned revision of the Ancient Monuments Law. I assigned randomised groups of up to 4 students roles as archaeologists, neopagans, the Swedish Church,…
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8:45 AM | Micrograph of the Month: The Other Paisley Poop
Paisley Caves became well known a few years ago for it's famous coprolites, or fossil faeces, which were found to contain human DNA, dated between 14,170 and 14,340 cal. BP. Although there have been questions over the identification of these as human (and work is still ongoing), this ancient DNA analysis currently provides some of the earliest evidence for human occupation of North America. The research at Paisley has been key in demonstrating the utility of coprolites as an archaeological […]

October 01, 2014

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12:20 PM | September Pieces Of My Mind #2
Did I just tell the students that “polysemic” refers to people who donate repeatedly to sperm banks? Surely not? In mid-70s Dungeons & Dragons, players would often bring their characters from one dungeon master and gaming group to another, effectively skipping between worlds. Unheard of in Swedish 80s and 90s gaming. Annoying: seeing that the…
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10:59 AM | I’m thinking about blogging in Welsh / Dw i’n meddwl am blogio yn Gymraeg
English I’m thinking about blogging in Welsh, but confidence and competence are a problem. I’d like to be able to practice Welsh, but Knighton is not a Welsh-speaking town. So, if I am to practice, writing is best. I need to decide what write about. I get press releases from various astronomical research bodies. Translating…

September 30, 2014

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9:32 PM | Greek Tomb's Female Sculptures More Than 12 Feet Tall
The height of the sculptures and their pedestals make them an imposing presence at the tomb's entrance. Continue reading →
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7:30 PM | Ancient Quake Revealed by Remains: Photos
A woman's gold pendant and the thigh of a statue are among the items archaeologists recovered in the ancient city of Hippos.
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7:11 PM | Skeletons Shed Light on Ancient Earthquake in Israel
Skeletons crushed under a collapsed roof reveal death and destruction caused by the earthquake that hit Israel and the region in 363 A.D. Continue reading →
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