Author Archives: JB

Standard Anatomical Position

Bioarchaeological labs can be confusing places. Witness the following interaction, which takes place at least once a season: Bioarch 1: “This fragment’s a humerus, right?” Bioarch 2: [Examines bone] “No, it’s a left.” Bioarch 1: “But it’s humerus?” Bioarch 2: … Continue reading

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A Day of Archaeology on the MARBAL 2017 Project

Disclaimer: This post is a time-stamped “day in the life” of MARBAL co-director Jess Beck, and is brought to you by approximately 17 cups of coffee. It was written as part of the “Day of Archaeology” project on July 28, … Continue reading

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How to Analyze a Prehistoric Commingled Burial

Originally posted on MARBAL:
Most of the human skeletal remains that Emilie and I have been analyzing for the past two weeks are either primary burials, or secondary burials of bits of a single individual. Two humeri, two radii, two…

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New Blog: Mortuary Archaeology of the Râmeț Bronze Age Landscape

In my last post, I promised an update regarding my latest bioarchaeological endeavours. The twist is that the update won’t come on this blog. As you may recall, I spent about ten days in October gallivanting about the Apuseni mountains, with … Continue reading

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Osteology Art: Alba Iulia

Hello from Alba Iulia, Romania! After a mere 42 hours of travel, I arrived back in Transylvania on Thursday, July 13, to continue working on the collaborative project I began back in October. After arriving, and fortifying myself with my … Continue reading

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Osteology Everywhere: Mohonk Edition

As part of my summer campaign to explore the Hudson Valley region (read: to avoid working on manuscripts/cursing at R), I recently bought an annual membership to Mohonk Preserve. The preserve is just outside of the town of New Paltz, … Continue reading

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Osteology Everywhere: Storm King Edition

I’m spending part of this summer in southern New York, and have been doing my best to distract myself from various overdue manuscript drafts by exploring the area. To that end, a few friends and I went to an outdoor … Continue reading

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