October 03, 2014

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

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 […]
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 →
3:55 PM | I read The Martian by Andy Weir…
…and quite enjoyed it.
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,…
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

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…
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…
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