Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival XIII
Not a lot of new stuff this past fortnight, continuing what seems to be a trend. From here on out, then, I'll plan to put up the carnival once a month, at the end of each month... unless news reports pick up (which they may do towards the summer when loads of people are in the field excavating).
|Amphorae from Trieste |
- ArchaeoRivista has two short posts on random Roman tombs discovered at Truccazzano and Trieste. The former are simply reported as "probably Roman," but without proper dating until further study is carried out. The latter include two adults and one child. It's not clear to me what time period the Trieste skeletons are from, but archaeologists also found over 100 amphorae post-dating the 1st century AD.
- This neat little game I found is Greek rather than Roman, but it's an interactive webpage from the British Museum in which you attempt to diagnose Thucydides' disease based on descriptions of his symptoms and the medical knowledge of the time. See if you can better understand the 430-426 BC plague of Athens!
- If you happen to be in Milan between February 23 and March 4, you can see the exhibit Cranioscopia, curated by Alberto Zanchetta, which looks like it's in conjunction with Zanchetta's forthcoming book "Frenologia della Vanitas: il Teschio nelle Arti Visive." (Very nifty book cover!) Seems like the exhibit involves books on skeletal anatomy from a variety of time periods.
- Skeletal remains of at least two individuals have been uncovered at a construction site in Milton Keynes (England). Archaeologists say that the bones are older than 70 years and therefore not of forensic interest. The burial style, though, is similar to what they're calling "kist" burials (which I guess is British for "cist"?) dating to the 5th century (Late Roman) found at Wolverton in the 1980s. The picture (below) shows that the burial is quite disturbed, with ribs up near the skull. An adult mandible (with what looks like antemortem loss of the lower right molars) is evident, and it looks like the little pile of bones could be subadult (or they could be faunal - hard to tell from the tiny, blurry picture).
|Possible Roman bones at Milton Keynes (via BBC)|