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As predicted, bunches of stuff came out in July, which tends to be the most popular month for announcing Roman-era (and other-era) bioarchaeology finds.Pre-Roman Europe14 July. Vintage bling: Ancient Celts may have had shiny dental implants (LiveScience). A dental implant dating to the 3rd century BC was found in France. It seems the researchers who found the female skeleton can't actually tell if the implant was inserted before or after death. They assume, though, that it was for […]
I defended my dissertation, Migration and Mobility in Imperial Rome, four years ago. Because of my interest in open access and because my NSF grant required a data access statement, I've been thinking for four years about how best to open up all the data I collected.At first, I was worried about opening up the data because I wanted to get a job.I got a job in 2012 at the University of West Florida. Roman Osteology Database ScreenshotThen I worried about opening up the data because I […]
Archaeologist Eric Poehler just keeps coming with the questions about Roman walking and feet. Today, he wanted to know the size of the Roman foot. In my last post, I'd kind of given up on the idea of figuring out foot size, since I didn't think I had any foot measurements. Then I remembered this morning that of course I have calcaneus maximum length. The trick was to find a formula using calcaneus maximum length to approximate foot size.Sandaled foot from the Augustan […]
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