Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival XXXV

This carnival is a wee bit late owing to Thanksgiving and, well, my forgetful mama-brain.  But here are your links from November...

New Finds

  • 1 November - 6000 years of occupation at a site in eastern France. Human remains include a very awesome skull with cranial modification from the Merovingian era.  This type of modification is very uncommon in Europe, but it's thought that the practice came over with the Huns.
  • 11 November - Roman child's coffin opened for the first time (BBC). This is a very cool find, as the child was buried in a lead sarcophagus.  These sarcophagi aren't all that common, especially for kids.  Unfortunately, the news media(?) has insisted the child needs a fake name. Since they don't know if the child was male or female yet, it seems particularly premature to select a name (and pretty much every option appears to be male or neuter, in spite of the fact that jewelry typically associated with girls was found in the sarcophagus). Not that I think we need to rename skeletons anyway; they had names. It's kind of disrespectful to give them new ones just because we don't know them. Pictures after it was opened.
Roman lead sarcophagus (via Archaeology Warwickshire)
The Iron Age skeleton from Castione (via RSI)

In the News Again

Social Media

  • Sarah Bond (Marquette U) and I have created the Ancient Studies Articles Podcast.  There's a link to subscribe at the PbO post.  (It's not yet indexed on iTunes, but I hope that's happening soon.) If you like what we're doing, help us by recording an open-source article on ancient history!


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