Contagions Round-up 14: Medievals, Microbes and Methods

I had hoped to get more posts up before another round-up but you all have been too prolific, and me not enough. It has been a very busy week in the blogosphere. For a while there was a burst of posts on methodology of all things, so we will start there.


Past Horizons has a post on the use of Google Earth in Archaeology.

Bamburgh Research Project has been running a series of posts called Archaeology 101 (linking to the lastest of the series), discovered Bamburgh-ware a new type of 12th century pottery, and posts on the use of X-rays on finds. They also wrapped up this year’s excavations this week so posts from them will dwindle for a while.

Kristina Killgore of Powered by Osteons showed us how to section teeth for isotope analysis, and takes some Italian archaeologists to task for their write up of an Imperial Roman woman.

and I did a brief survey of the most common tools used for paleomicrobiology, more will come on these in the future.


Katy Meyers of Bones Don’t Lie brings us a post on interpreting Mayan tombs without skeletons, and another on the reinterpretation of more Viking graves as female.

Kristina Killgore of Powered by Osteons also looks at gender assumptions in Viking remains, gave Oetzi a new wife, and looks at some of the osteological changes in an 18th century castrated man.

History and History of Science

Guy Halsall, the Historian on the Edge, has become quite the active blogger. He wrote a few posts on his Leeds experience in the “performance of anger”, and posts his presentation on Why do we need barbarians? He then vents some of his anger on scientists for experimenting with armor.

Curt Emanuel, the Medieval History Geek, chimes in on Halsall’s current crusade.

Jonathan Jarrett of A Corner of the Tenth Century has a good post up on what does it mean to be called (or call yourself) a Goth in the tenth century.

Tim Clarkson of Senchus discusses Pictish symbol stones as representing names.

Got Medieval brings us medieval versions of LOL Cats from manuscript margins,  and the kitties strike back in this margin.

Alexandra Queen of ZombieMommeh writes a tribute to Fr. Gregor Mendel whose birthday was this week.

Michael Barton of the Dispersal of Darwin brings us info and clips of a new Wallace and Gromit style movie The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists that will feature Charles Darwin.

and I started a new series of plague tales on Heavenfield.


Maryn McKenna of Superbug writes of the public health damage the CIA’s fake vaccination campaign in Pakistan has done.

Jennifer Frazer of the Artful Amoeba has a fascinating post up on a jellyfish turned pathogen in those dastardly cane toads (among others).

Connor Bamford of the Rule of 6ix writes about how viruses make us vomit, and another on the niaph virus that hitchhikes on immune cells without infecting them.

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