Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival XXV

We've got tumors, tombstones, and tablets this month...

Pre-Roman Period
Roman Period
Roman tombstone found in
Muslim grave in Turkey

  • 7 January - Ancient pills found on a cargo ship that wrecked off the Italian coast in 140 BC were analyzed.  The tablets were zinc-based and were likely used as eye medicine.
    Facial reconstruction
    of a 2nd c AD Romano-
    British man
  • 7 January - LiveScience covered the AIA paper of my good friend Beth Greene, whose research focuses on the footwear of the inhabitants of Vindolanda on Hadrian's Wall.
  • 9 January - An ancient tomb was discovered in Avellino (in Campania), probably dating to the Roman period.  No additional information seems to be available.
  • 18 January - Forensic analysis was performed on a skeleton dated to about 200 AD discovered on the University of Wales, Newport campus.  A facial reconstruction was done, in the style of a Fayum mummy portrait, and is being shown at the Caerleon Museum.
Ovarian teratoma from Roman Spain
  • 21 January - The skeleton of a woman with a teratoma was found in Spain, dating to the late Roman period.  She was buried in the cappuccina style.  The teratoma included several teeth and was likely present in or near her ovary.
  • 29 January - Another story about the discovery of a 1st-2nd c AD Roman sarcophagus in someone's backyard.  They had no idea it was worth a great deal of money.


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