December 29, 2011

Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival XI

It's been predictably sleepy leading up to Christmas.  Just a couple items of interest...

  • 15 December.  More on the reopening of the Tomb of the Scipios at ArcheoRivista.  The Scipio family, of course, was famous for their fighting in the Punic Wars, and the tribunes of the plebs, the Gracchi, were also related.  The underground tomb is now open to the public on Saturdays by guided tour only (cost: 8 euro).  It hasn't been seen by the public since 1992.  It's a pretty cool-looking columbarium; I'll be sure to check it out next time I'm in Rome:
Tomb of the Scipios, via ArcheoRivista
  • 18 December.  An annual presentation on the excavation at the site of Castello di Piombinara is summarized at ArcheoRivista.  This site is near Colleferro, a small town not far from Rome.  The necropolis at the site boasts 68 graves with more than 100 individuals of all ages and both sexes, dating from the Late Roman through the Medieval periods.  The graves seem to have many artifacts in them, which is useful for dating, but there isn't any further mention of the anthropological analysis beyond the range of age and sex.  There is, however, a picture of at least three skeletons (one young-ish adult or teenager at the bottom, a child in the middle, and a probable adult at the top):
Burials at Castello di Piombinara, via ArcheoRivista

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