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Announcement: Astypalaia Field School

12 Jan

Greetings gentle readers! It’s announcement time here on The Baking Archaeologist for all you fans and students of archaeology (especially human bioarchaeology). The yearly field school on the beautiful Greek island of Astypalaia is now accepting applications for placements for the 2011 summer season. All the details can be found on the main website, but if you’re interested in doing a field school this summer, this is definitely the one to go with. The course runs for 5 weeks on the gorgeous and sunny Astypalaia, a small island in the Dodecanese archipelago, and is a field school unlike any other. Here students are able to recover and study human foetal remains dating to the classical period in Greece, all of which were excavated from the largest ever found children’s cemetery – adjacent to the town of Chora.

I myself participated in this field school four years ago and here are a few of my personal photos of the island.

The town of Chora.

Beautiful sunrise from the lab.

A sunset view of the port.

Sorry, the last one is a bit on the fuzzy side, but typical of me on vacation, I broke my camera while on this trip. Anyway, I would heartily recommend this field school to all interested parties. But if you do want to go – get your application in ASAP. The number of places is very limited. If you have any questions, please pop them in the comments section and I can contact the director of the project for you.

That’s it for this post everyone! We’ll be back next week with more baked goods – and more archaeology!

Archaeology Wednesdays

31 Mar

It’s Wednesday again and you know what that means – super awesome archaeology for you to enjoy. Sorry for the late posting today – totally spaced on prepping it yesterday and it’s been a bit manic over here with Uni closing for the holiday and trying to get my poster completed for the AAPAs. Which is finally finished and at the printers as I type. Super sweet. Anyway, so who wants archaeology?

Does this burial site found in Mycenea suggest a classless society? Awesome pic of the burial pit, btw.

Crocodile poop and shark teeth. Intrigued?

Giant lead coffin found in Gabii, Italy – but who’s inside? The suspense is killing me!

And lastly, nothing to do whatsoever with archaeology, but about the damn coolest thing ever: the Large Hadron Collider is back on-line and kicking ass.

That’s it for this week folks. More archaeology next week. I’ll make sure to post before I hurl myself across the Atlantic in a giant flying metal tube. Ah, aviation. How I both love and hate thee.

Archaeology Wednesdays

24 Mar

All archaeology, all the time. At least that’s how it feels lately. I spent all of yesterday reading a book on craniofacial growth and development. Good times, let me tell you. I can at least say that I now have a vague understanding of bone remodelling, all be it rudimentary. Meh. As long as I can scrap together 500 words about it to jam into the thesis, I’ll be a very happy archaeologist.

Anyway, how about something more interesting?

More evidence for bipedalism in our ancient hominid ancestors.

Okay, so I don’t do dinosaurs, but this is pretty neat.

Sweet! Let’s go see some viking skeletons!

Glad to know that the entirety of the US isn’t opposed to the awesomeness of human evolution. Brand new Hall of Human Origins at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. Super cool.

That’s if for this edition of Archaeology Wednesdays – now I’m off to go analyse some human remains. Toodles.

Archaeology Wednesdays

10 Mar

Ready for more awesome archaeology? Then welcome back to another instalment of Archaeology Wednesdays. I tried to go for articles with a bit more diversity than last time, so some of these are not strictly archaeology, but fall well within the realm of crap that I think is neat. Enjoy…

Is being a bad boy an evolutionary advantage? And why do we ladies always fall for them?

A late post for international women’s day: the Priestesses of Crete. Excavations at Eleutherna on Crete. For all the cool bone stuff, check out the section entitled ‘Makings of a Matriline’.

Anyone else think it would be pretty cool if we could clone Neanderthals? I think it would. Although I’m also convinced that they would overtake the Earth in a matter of months… All hail our Neanderthal rulers!

I’m totally going to go with yes here. While I’m not sure about some of the methods used, I do think they have some very interesting results. What do you think? Do you think there may be a relationship between increased intelligence and lack of religious belief?

And one last thing not related to archaeology, but pretty damn awesome: Gas Mask Bra

Archaeology Wednesdays

3 Mar

So I thought it would be a neat idea if once a week I posted some archaeology/anthropology based news and articles on here – after all, I am apparently supposed to be an archaeologist. So here’s some cool stuff for you all to check out:

No baby sacrifice in Carthage? – After examining the infant remains from Carthage, a study from the University of Pittsburgh suggests that the demographic profile for infant mortality is similar to those seen due to miscarriages, stillbirths and other such factors, with many of the babies having died prenatally – too young for sacrifice.

Monogamy in humans – New genetic study suggests that while Homo sapiens are monogamous most of the time, occasional periods of polygamy have occurred over the course of evolution.

New Horizons doc on BBC2 – Did cooking make us human?

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