January 06, 2015

11:00 PM | Atlantis' Legendary Metal Found in Shipwreck
Divers find nearly 40 metal ingots from a shipwreck off the coast of Sicily that was lost in the sixth century.
6:43 PM | Easter Islanders Petered Out After Europeans Came
Obsidian tools tell a different story than the theory that the Rapa Nui civilization collapsed all at once amid mass starvation.
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3:22 PM | Interesting TedTalks
I was scrolling through some social media sites and came across a TedTalk called ‘Puppies! Now I’ve got your attention, complexity theory’.  In a past post or two I discussed particular TedTalks and how good they are, and today is no different. The ‘Puppies!’ talk was given by Nicolas Perony who models the movement of animal […]

January 05, 2015

3:12 PM | Tomb of Previously Unknown Pharaonic Queen Found
The previously unknown queen is believed to have been the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre who ruled 4,500 years ago.
2:50 PM | Ancient Amulet Discovered with Palindrome Inscription
An ancient, two-sided amulet uncovered in Cyprus contains a 59-letter inscription that reads the same backward as it does forward.
1:54 PM | Review of Mortuary Archaeology and Bioarchaeology from 2014
Happy New Years! This past year has been a fantastic one for new mortuary and bioarchaeological discoveries. In this post, I’m going to review some of the best and worst […]
1:20 PM | 2014 Enlightener & Deceiver Awards
Last spring I stepped down from the chair and the editorial board of the Swedish Skeptics, but I remain an enthusiastic member of the association and we have a really strong executive board these days. Now they have announced the Swedish Skeptics’ annual awards for 2014. The Enlightener of the Year award is given to…

January 03, 2015

4:00 PM | Top Archaeological Finds Expected in 2015
From a mysterious Greek tomb to the search for Amelia Earhart, a handful of surprising finds are likely to be uncovered in 2015.

January 02, 2015

4:44 PM | PbO Year in Review - 2014
It's time for me to take stock of my year in blogging and see what was most popular, but also what I most enjoyed writing and what I want to write about in 2015. I wrote 82 posts in 2014 and got 181,504 page views this year. Here are some Top 3 lists in a variety of categories, along with stats on number of views, as I'm still planning to argue for the importance of blogging as part of my tenure case.Most Popular Posts Written in 2014*Where did Roman babies poop? (3,535 views)How long was the […]
3:55 PM | Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival LXVII
It was yet again a slow month in Roman bioarch news, so here's the month of December to kick off your new year...Roman Empire3 December -- Shackled individuals found in Gallo-Roman cemetery in southwest France (Past Horizons). Well, this is a super interesting find.  Among several hundred graves found in a Shackled Gallo-Roman(via Past Horizons)cemetery in France were a few skeletons with metal shackles around their necks and/or legs -- four adults had shackles on their left legs, and one […]
1:20 PM | December Pieces Of My Mind #2
Sw. kujon “coward” is cognate with Sp. cojon “testicle”. Both go back to Lat. coleus “leather sack”. In the Swedish case the cowardly sense comes by way of a word for eunuch. I never did understand what exe2bin did. Wife: ”After I’ve been out running I always feel so good-looking!” Me: ”You mean running improves…

January 01, 2015

1:20 PM | Most-played Boardgames of 2014
Here are the ten boardgames I played the most during 2014. Sechs nimmt / Category 5 (1994, gets swift intense buy-in even from non-gamers) * Innovation (2010) Magic: the Gathering (1993) * Plato 3000 (2012) * Keltis (2008, travel version, very handy) Glass Road (2013) * Archaeology: the Card Game (2007) * For Sale (1997)…

December 30, 2014

1:20 PM | 2014 Castle Excavation Reports
Things are coming together with the post-excavation work for last summer’s castle investigations so I’m putting some stuff on-line here. I’ve submitted a paper detailing the main results to a proceedings volume for the Castella Maris Baltici symposium in Lodz back in May. There are no illustrations in the file, but you’ll find all you…
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