I'm rather tardy in posting the August RBC, but classes started up again and I'm behind in pretty much everything at the moment. Not sure if I just didn't keep on top of the news last month or if there really were only two stories about classical bioarchaeology.
- 19 August - Roman gold coin discovered in Sweden (Archaeology Magazine). Archaeo magazine goes the opposite headline route, downplaying the Roman-era (400-550 AD) gold coin found in a house where several people had been killed. It's possible the individuals made up a family and they were killed by thieves, archaeologists concluded.
- 25 August - Greek archaeologists enter large underground tomb (Phys.org). There's plenty of breathless coverage of this tomb, but I always click over to the Rogue Classicist, who usually has trenchant analyses of these sorts of things. His post from 1 September on the tomb at Amphipolis is an interesting take on the find.
And since that's all I've got from last month, here are some more cool bioarchaeology stories from further afield, both geographically and chronologically, that I enjoyed last month. [As always, I post more than Roman bioarch over at Powered by Osteons on Facebook, so do come "like" the page to stay up-to-date.]
- 28 August. Ancient skeletons move one step closer to reburial (Science). Some updates on the reburial status of the so-called La Jolla skeletons, found on the grounds of UC San Diego. I wrote about them here in PbO in May of 2011.
- 22 August. Grave of fierce, one-armed warrior unearthed in Siberia (NBC News). The grave of a warrior from the 11th-12th century AD was found in western Siberia near Omsk. His left arm was severed, and his right shoulder was smashed. If these were perimortem injuries, he may have died in battle. His grave also had loads of artifacts. There's a video at the link, and the skeleton can be seen here and below.
- 11 August. The case of the missing incisors (Archaeology Magazine). An Early Bronze Age skeleton from Lake Baikal in Siberia was found to be lacking two central lower incisors, and there is a stone projectile point embedded in the bone. Very cool archaeo-forensic case!
- September 2014. From the September edition of Smithsonian Magazine comes a long-read called "The Kennewick Man finally freed to share his secrets." It's a great primer on the case up to now, covering the basics of one of the most famous skeletons in the U.S. (and great fodder for teaching about ethics in osteology).