September 8, 2014

Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival XLIV

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.

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.]


  • 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).


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