Monday, June 25, 2012

Osteoarchaeology Conference

Months ago, the archaeology department sent out an email about a two-day osteoarchaeology 'conference'. My mother was generous enough to fund this little trip. It was down south (in England) in Luton (which is quite close to London). 

We were studying the skeletal remains of Roman bodies from a cemetery in the nearby village of Dunstable. If I remember correctly, they were from the 1st or 2nd century A.D.

The first skeleton we studied (and handled!) a 25 to 30 year old woman.

Her head and torso.

Pelvis, sacrum & toe-bones. Apologies for the bit of spine below the sacrum!

Skull of a man.

The front of the man's skull. Notice the brow-ridges?

The top of the femur - unfused. This is on an adolescent skeleton.

More un-fused bones.

Toe bones.


  1. Ooooooo! I love it! These are so exciting!!!

  2. I just know you were in seventh heaven!! The bones are wonderful! I'm so glad you got to go!!