Contagions Round-up 19: Loads of Links for Year’s End

Since my usual fare is not very festive, I'm going to wrap up this year with round-ups and similar stuff. Holiday Posts A Schooner of Science brings us the science of holly. Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog brings us a holiday update and some holiday riddles. Jonathan Jarrett of A Corner of Tenth Century Europe... Continue Reading →

Contagions Round-up 15: Vampires, Vikings and Viruses

After a little break from doing round-ups, here we are again. I plan on continuing these round-ups with one every 2-4 weeks. It takes too long to do them weekly. So here are some of the articles that caught my attention in the last couple weeks. Archaeology Bamburgh Research Project posted a bioarchaeology update on... Continue Reading →

Contagions Round-up 12: Friends, Romans, and Microbes Naturally

Archaeology Kristina Killgore of Powered by Osteons looks at oxygen isotopes as a marker for sickle cell disease,  gets excited over the discovery of  a very full Roman latrine, and a pyramid of 16-18th century corpses in Roccapelago, Italy. Katy Meyer of Bones Don't Lie has a post on the highs and lows of being... Continue Reading →

Lice, Ancient DNA, and Napoleon’s Grand Army

Life in Napoleon's Grand Army wasn't always so grand. The Russian campaign was a disaster, recently most tangibly manifest in the mass grave found at Vilnius, Lithuania, in 2001. Local records suggested that the remains belonged to Napoleon's soldiers who paused at Vilnius during their retreat from Moscow in 1812. The densely packed bodies were... Continue Reading →

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: Archaeology 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... Continue Reading →

Trench Fever and Plague in 14th Century France

The Marseille plague group has been suggesting for some time now that human lice could be a major vector of medieval plague. To test their hypothesis the group devised a multiplex PCR screening method to rapidly screen many aDNA samples for seven pathogens that could cause medieval epidemics, including relapsing fever and trench fever transmitted... Continue Reading →

A Plague Crypt from Late Medieval Bavaria

St Leonard Catholic Church in Machnung-Pichl, near Ingolstadt Bavaria, Germany held a secret for many years. Renovations to the church back in 1984 found a mass burial site under the sacristy, 75 human skeletons stacked like lasagna in four layers with a little dirt between each layer (Wiechmann, Harbeck, & Grupe, 2010). The design of... Continue Reading →

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