Tag Archives: Mortuary Analysis

CT Scan Unlocks the Secrets of Roman Burial Urns

© BBC News

© BBC News

Archaeologists from St. Alban’s are using CT Scanners to examine the contents of five Roman burial urns found in Hertfordshire.

“Two of the urns contained bones which could be human. An osteoarchaeologist will now examine the bones and help provide even more detail.” – Kelly Abbott

The completion of the examination will include removing the cremated remains, cleaning, and studying the bones for further conclusions – age, sex, and potentially cause of death.

To learn more about the archaeological inquiry into these burial urns, see the article at BBC News.

Pilgram Burials from the First Winter

Pilgram Burials from the First Winter.

A wonderful assessment of the tragedy suffered by the Mayflower Pilgrims and their first winter in America. If you have not yet read “Bones Don’t Lie,” a great blog on osteology, archaeology, and anthropology, it’s a must! Even those with the most lay knowledge will gain a greater appreciation of mortuary analysis.

The particular article looks at the burial practices of those living in Plymouth during the tragic winter of 1620-1621. Check it out: “Pilgrim Burials from the First Winter.”

Archaeologists Find “Lovers” Buried in Roman Cemetery

The burial remains of a man and a woman from Roman times (more than 1,500 years ago) have been uncovered by archaeologists in Central Italy. The find has inspired romantics and archaeologists alike. The couple was buried holding hands and apparently looking towards one another:

“We believe that they were originally buried with their faces staring into each other.”

The find suggests that relationships between couples was considered an important element not only in life (where ‘love-matches’ were a rare event), but also in the after-life.

“Whoever buried these people likely felt that communicating their relationship was just as important in death as it was in life.”

The remains will be sent to the University of Bologna for further study. To learn more about this find, see the article in Discovery News.

Tomb Found at Stonehenge Quarry Site

Archaeologists have recently uncovered a Tomb at the Quarry site for the stones used to construct Stonehenge. The Neolithic grave is adjacent to a ceremonial center located at the quarry (identified in 2008).

“The important thing is that we have a ceremonial monument here that is earlier than the passage grave… We have obviously got a very important person who may have been responsible for the impetus for these stones to be transported… It can be compared directly with the first Stonehenge, so for the first time we have a direct link between Carn Menyn – where the bluestones came from – and Stonehenge, in the form of this ceremonial monument.” Prof. Wainwright

To learn more about this finding, see the article at BBC.

Roman Child Burial from Dorcester (via rogueclassicism)

From the Dorset Echo: THE buried remains of a Roman child have been uncovered during the construction of the Charles Street development in Dorchester. Stone foundations of Roman houses, painted wall plaster and coins have also been found. Cowlin Construction, working for developers Simons Group, has put up posters on the sites boundary hoardings detailing any new finds. Viewing holes have also been provided allowing the public to view any on-site … Read More

via rogueclassicism