Yan, Tan, Tethera: The History of Sheep and Wool Industries

Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme  (CUROP) students Jessica Peto and Nathaniel Harrop-Pender investigate the history of sheep and wool industries The students produced a vast comprehensive database of breed and radiocarbon data to support future research and paint an initial picture for the earliest history of sheep in Britain ‘Yan, Tan, Tethera: The History of... Continue Reading →

More than meets the eye: a short introduction to light microscopy of bone diagenesis to identify funerary treatments

• Histological light microscopy of bone diagenesis is a microscopic method that can be used to identify diverse funerary processes or taphonomic trajectories in archaeological human remains. • If a body is buried whole shortly after death, the bacteria from within the body will destroy bone cells as part of the putrefaction process. If a... Continue Reading →

The Fundamentals of Teeth

This week’s blog post was inspired by a post I saw on Twitter: It seems to be in response to the trending topic that day – Sonic the Hedgehog’s teeth. There is a new “live action” Sonic movie coming out, and the animators chose to give him teeth that look more like a human than... Continue Reading →

Neolithic Frankenstein? The truth is in the bones

Osteological examination is lacking in Neolithic burial contexts in Britain, but when completed, previous interpretations are often turned on their heads Neolithic peoples may have intentionally created "composite" skeletons consisting of the body parts of several individuals as part of a funerary ritual, like the monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Using examples from Spurge Hole... Continue Reading →

Landscapes and Memories

We have all heard of mnemonic devices in archaeology, objects that help recall memory. Over the years, however, there has been an increase in analysing landscapes themselves as mnemonic devices. I for one can vouch for this. I am not from Britain, and moving to a new city whose layout is something of a maze... Continue Reading →

National Park Service – African Burial Ground

Among all the history that occupies lower Manhattan, including Wall Street, Trinity Church, and the 9/11 Memorial, only one site has been designated as a National Monument: the African Burial Ground. This 0.35 acre memorial and museum marks the resting place of over 10,000 Africans and African Americans. Originally occupying over 6 acres, the cemetery... Continue Reading →

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