Contagions Round-up 11: E. coli, Excavation Reports, and Early Medieval Continuity

Here is a selection of the best stuff that came through my RSS feed this week:


The 119th Four Stone Hearth Anthropology Carnival is up at Powered by Osteons.

Captain Skellett of A Schooner of Science brings us a tale of parasitic worms in ancient Nubia.

Katy Meyers of Bones Do Not Lie wrote this week about interpreting ancient cemeteries according to our contexts not theirs, and about a 6th-8th century cemetery of warriors in Italy.

Kristina Killgore of Powered by Osteons is concerned about the racial interpretations of the same early medieval Italian cemetery and interested by its leper warrior. Controversy erupted this week over a paper claiming Stephan J Gould was fraudulent in his book the Mismeasure of Man and Kristina also takes the Berenstain Bears to task this week for their gender stereotypes and osteochronology.

The Bamburgh Research Project opened up their excavation season this week and have posted their first update.

Antiquarian’s Attic has an update on the discovery of Roman or sub-Roman graves in Dr Edward Jenner’s garden.

Clas Merdin writes about renewed archaeological interest in  Glastonbury Abbey.

Kristol D’Costa of Anthropology in Practice posts this week on the nature of regret.

I looked at DNA evidence for trench fever and plague in 14th century France earlier this week.

History and History of Science

Michael Barton of Dispersal of Darwin has multiple Darwin and evolution related photos, videos, and abstracts this week, so I will just direct you to his blog.

Medica: the Society for the Study of Healing in the Middle Ages
has a great program planned for the Medieval conference at Leeds this summer on “The Rich Man’s Feast and the Poor Man’s Fare: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Food and Nutritional Health in the Middle Ages”, check it out! 

Jonathan Jarrett of A Corner of Tenth Century Europe takes his readers along on his trip through his research area in Catalonia.

Magistra et Mater looks at the problem of continuity in early medieval East and West this week.

Mak Wilson of Badonicus reviews the Roman era history of Durham county and makes some notes on the world of Geoffrey of Monmouth.


The E. coli outbreak in Germany has been all over the blogs this week, so I’m only going to link to the most recent posts.

Tara Smith of Aetiology is keeping tabs on the E. coli outbreak in Germany. Her most recent post is here, see her blog for a series of posts on the outbreak.

Maryn McKenna of Superbug has posts on a super resistant NDM-1 gene has shown up in infections in Afghanistan, and another on the E. coli outbreak.

Siouxsie Wiles of Infectious Thoughts is excited about the crowd sourcing of the German E. coli DNA sequence over the last week and conspiracy theories on the E coli strain’s origins.

Connor Bamford of the Rule of 6ix writes about making temperature stable vaccines.

The History of Vaccines blog has a summary of Measles so far this year with a reminder of the toll measles has taken in the past.

James at Disease Prone looks at the science of tattoos.

Small Things Considered managed to resist blogging on E. coli with posts on attempts to control C. diff and another on teaching microbiology.

Jennifer Frazer of the Artful Amoeba has an interesting post on forest lichens. I’ve always found lichens fascinating for some reason.


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