Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival XXXIX

News from the Roman and Roman-adjacent world for March... Strangely, no good pictures of bones this month.

Roman-Area Finds and Articles

Mausoleum of Augustus, Rome
  • 29 March - Augustus Rules Again as Rome Acts to Restore Lost Mausoleum (Past Horizons). I am super jealous of all the people who got to see inside the mausoleum last weekend.  Super jealous.  (Augustus is my favorite emperor... I mean, the emperors weren't great people, but the amount of art, literature, and culture produced under Augustus is amazing.)
  • February - "Tuberculosis and leprosy in Italy. New skeletal evidence." M. Rubini, P. Zaio, and C. Roberts.  HOMO - Journal of Comparative Human Biology 65(1):13-32.  I haven't read this yet, admittedly, but I want to.  I've been critical of Rubini's and Zaio's work before, but I have the utmost respect for Charlotte Roberts, so I have high hopes for this article. 
A Bit Further Afield in Time/Place...
  • 10 February - Human Sacrifices 3,000 Years Ago in Crete (ANSA). Both humans and animals were sacrificed to the gods, according to new evidence from the site of Cydonia dating to about 1280 BC. A broken female skull was found amid animal skills. It seems the woman died from blunt trauma to the head. I'll wait for the publication of this to make up my mind, though. Fragmentary human bones found amid other deposits does not necessarily mean sacrifice. (See: Baby Bones Were Trash to Romans.)
  • 13 March - Ancient Greek Tombstones Served as Therapy (Discovery News). Drawing on the old idea that tombstones represent interaction between the living and the dead, a Swedish graduate student analyzed mourning iconography and showed that Greek tombstones were more personalized than previously assumed.


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