This month at Forbes - Bones reviews, Roman-inspired bone cookies, DNA mystery-solving, and a MacArthur winner
News and Culture
- Five Fist-and-Phallus Pendants Found in Grave of Roman Infant in Yorkshire. I cover an article that reinterprets the meaning of these interesting pendants, which are usually associated with the Roman military.
- Mysteries of the Black Death, Shroud of Turin, and Origins of Early Americans Solved with DNA. OK, so DNA hasn't really truly solved these things, but in one week, three news stories came out about how DNA is being used to answer all sorts of questions about the ancient world. I summarized three publications in this one story.
- How the Ancient Romans Gave Us 'Bones of the Dead' Cookies for Halloween. A tradition left over from the Roman festival of Lemuria continues today in the form of bone-shaped cookies to honor the dead.
- MacArthur Winner Dimitri Nakassis Talks About Archaeology and Ancient Greece's 99%. One archaeologist was among this year's winners of the MacArthur "genius" fellowship, and I asked him some questions about his work and his award.
Bones reviews are now over at Forbes, thanks to the support of my editor. The first couple got great traffic, particularly when the show's creator, showrunner, actors, and even Kathy Reichs herself tweeted my review of the première. But not as many people are reading the rest. We'll see if it picks up over the course of the season.