July 10, 2014

5:17 PM | 200-Year-Old Bottle of Seltzer Found in Shipwreck
Still corked, the perfectly preserved stoneware bottle was produced in the early 1800s by Selters, one of the oldest mineral waters in Europe. Continue reading →
12:20 PM | Earliest Case of Down Syndrome Found in Medieval Cemetery
The earliest case of Down syndrome comes from a 5- to 7-year-old child who lived in medieval France some 1,500 years ago.

July 09, 2014

8:56 PM | Ruin On An Islet
Landsjö castle is on a high islet in the lake next to the modern manor house. Nobody ever goes there. The ruins are covered by vegetation and they’re in bad shape: only along the western side of the islet do they rise even a metre above the rubble and accumulated forest mulch. Visible is a…
1:21 PM | Clothing the Dead in Ancient Peru
Why is clothing on the dead so important? Because what we choose to put on our bodies conveys social meanings about our wealth, our status, and the social groups we […]

Baitzel, S. & Goldstein, P. (2014). More than the sum of its parts: Dress and social identity in a provincial Tiwanaku child burial, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 35 51-62. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaa.2014.04.001


July 08, 2014

1:55 PM | Long-Lost Iron Age Temple Unearthed in Iraq
The discoveries date back over 2,500 years to the Iron Age, a time period when several groups vied for supremacy over what is now northern Iraq.

July 07, 2014

9:00 PM | Mysterious Earthen Rings Predate Amazon Rainforest
Square, straight and ringlike ditches scattered throughout the Bolivian and Brazilian Amazon were there before the rainforest existed, study finds.
8:35 PM | The Index of Care for Bioarchaeologists
I was looking through some past articles from the International Journal of Paleopathology when the following title caught my eye: ‘Introducing the Index of Care: A web-based application supporting archaeological research into health-related care.’  A quick read through the article supporting this application indicates that it aims to do what it says on the tin! […]

July 06, 2014

5:57 PM | Real or Replica?
Originally posted on Deathsplanation:A few days ago I came across this photo that had been posted on the The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice Facebook page, run by Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris. It was captioned, “A skeleton of a mother, and her baby, who both died during her pregnancy.” The photo in question – is this real or…
5:54 PM | The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld – Soul Music
I’ve chosen Soul Music as the next installment for my ‘Wit and Wisdom of Discworld’ as I couldn’t resist doing another Death novel. I think they are easily my faviourite collection of books by Terry Pratchett. Re-reading these small snippets of the books are making want to go back and read them all again. Unfortunately, […]

July 04, 2014

7:33 PM | A Look at the Accuracy of Dental Age Estimation Charts
So it’s now the 4th of July and I haven’t created a new skull of the month and I don’t think I will. Over the past few months I’ve been really rubbish at updating my blog and the reason behind that – I’ve been applying for jobs and working out what I’m going to do […]

July 03, 2014

7:27 PM | Week 14 Volunteering at the Royal College of Surgeons.
Another sunny Thursday means another day sorting bones! This week I picked up from where I left last time (unfortunately last week I was ill so I didn’t go in). This meant recording and sorting various bones of the skull. I had a few elements left to sort that were divided into small boxes inside […]

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…
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