March 1, 2016

Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival LXXIX

When I first started writing the Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival, I posted every two weeks.  Then dropped down to every month because I was busy.  And now it seems I'm dropping down to every two months. So it goes.  Without further ado, here's the news I collected over January and February, including news stories that I wrote and a few of the news stories that feature my own research!


One of the "headless Roman gladiators" from York

Multiple burial from Azerbaijan
  • 12 February - Visiting a Couple Locked in an 1,800-year-old Embrace (National Geographic). This multiple burial in Azerbaijan, at a site called Old Galaba along the Silk Road, involves two people buried at the same time. Of course, since this was covered near Valentine's Day, they are a couple and are embracing. :-P
  • 14 February - St. Valentine's Skull (Atlas Obscura). This saint was martyred in 273 AD on, of course, February 14. While this skull is supposedly that of the saint, there is plenty of doubt.
Purported skull of St. Valentine
  • 18 February - Ancient Roman Lifestyles of the Poor and Infamous (Forbes). I wrote this piece to give individual life context to each of the four immigrants I found in the research published this month in PLOS. So if you want to know more about what their lives were like and the injuries they had, check this out.
Upper jaw of an immigrant to Imperial Rome (Credit: K. Killgrove)
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