June 6, 2015

This week at Forbes: Castration consternation and an astonishing amputation

On offer this week are two posts that have both done pretty well in terms of reader interest:

  • Man bound to tree has right hand cut off in 14th century blood feud.  This is a cool article by Simon Mays, expanding work he did in the 90s on a particular skeleton that, through its healed amputation and documentary and archaeological records, Mays thinks can be identified as a specific person.  Richard de Holebrok wasn't particularly interesting, just a local, wealthy landowner, but since he complained of being attacked by a mob of 80-some people (all of whose names he knew!) in 1327, parts of his story can be told now.  It's a wonderful example of forensic archaeology but focused on someone not as well-known as Philip II or Richard III. (It's also still amazing to me that Britain has documentary records going back a millennium!)
Sparse posting this past week because I was on vacation for most of it.  Next week, look forward to a pre-Scythian burial, a meta-Bones post, and probably one more article.  Then I want to get back to some Roman stuff as I work more intensely on my forthcoming pop-sci book on Roman bioarchaeology.

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