Contagions Round-up 10: Migrations, Microbes, and Skeletons Galore

I had hoped to get some new content up here before another round-up but my reader has filled up with so many good posts that I can’t delay any more. I can really tell that all the academics are on summer vacation with so many good, meaty posts this week.

Also this week, I signed up for twitter so if you want to join me on twitter, you can find me @hefenfelth . I tried all kinds of user names for twitter, and if you can imagine it, only hefenfelth was unused. It is the Old English for Heavenfield, my medieval blog. So now lets get down to the good posts that crossed by feed reader this week:


Katy Meyers of Bones Don’t Lie is a new blogger in my reader this week. She has a really interesting post on epidemiology of ancient populations, another on infanticide in Roman Britain, and a post on nine skeletons discovered under the Royal Chapel at Stirling Castle.

Kristina Killgrove at Powered by Osteons has an excellent post on the bioarchaeology of Roman seafood consumption. Kristina’s research is on migration within the late Roman empire.

Magnus Reuterdahl of Testimony of the Spade takes us on a trip to two ancient forts on the island Öland in Sweden.

History and History of Medicine

Guy Halstall of Historian on the Edge has published his key-note address to the conference on The Very Beginnings of Europe? Cultural and Social Dimensions of early Medieval Migration and Settlement (5th-8th centuries) on his blog. His paper is Archaeology and Migration: Rethinking the Debate and another post on how climate change did not cause the fall of Rome. Guy’s primary work is on the fifth century transformation of Europe. He currently has a blogger blog and a wordpress blog with the same posts on both. I hope he picks one soon!

Magistra et Mater responds to Guy’s address with Early Medieval Consensus and the Prisoner’s Dilemma.

Curt Emanuel, the Medieval History Geek, has three good posts this week: first on the virginal descriptions of Queen Radegund, another on her mysterious unnamed brother, and in his third Kalamazoo post he has a description of Jon Jarrett’s talk on crop yields in Catalonia.

Speaking of Jon Jarrett of A Corner of Tenth Century Europe, he writes this week on exploring Catalonian castles, and one on feudal transformation in medieval Catalonia.

I have a couple posts on Heavenfield, one on Bishop Coetti of Iona, and a response to a recent Barbara Yorke paper in Adomnan, Cuthbert and King Aldfrith.

On the lighter side, Got Medieval is back with more monkeys in the margins, his monthly medieval posts resume with June, and he gives us a glimpse into his mailbag.


Maryn McKenna of Superbug has two posts on MRSA in meat and again in milk , and has posted three excerpts from her book on HIV to celebrate the 30 year anniversary this week. The first HIV post is here.

Small Things Considered this week has a post on diatoms and their glass (silica) skeletons.

Tara Smith of Aetiology reviews David DeKok’s book The Epidemic on a Typhoid outbreak in 1903, another on a cattle based MRSA being transmitted to humans, another on the current huge outbreak of E. coli in Europe.

So now lets see if I can get a few new posts out before my reader fills up with more stuff begging to be shared.

3 thoughts on “Contagions Round-up 10: Migrations, Microbes, and Skeletons Galore

  1. Thanks for the shout-outs to my site! I actually did my MSc focusing on rickets and paleopathology, so this site would have been extremely helpful. I will definitely be checking back for new things to read.


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