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© 2017 Dig it With Raven

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"In a simple direct sense, archaeology is a science that must be lived, must be "seasoned with humanity". Dead archaeology is the driest dust that blows"
-Mortimer Wheeler

October 24, 2019

Radiocarbon or carbon dating is an amazing scientific technique developed by a chemist called Willard Libby back in the late 1940s. People were so impressed by him that he also received the Nobel Prize for it in 1960. What Libby wanted to do was use the known propertie...

September 10, 2019

Today’s blog post will be short, as we already discussed some traumas in the previous video. Thence, to give you a sigh of relief on the last of this Osteo 101 series, today you will look at more images than words (yay!).

Ballistics traumas (i.e. firearms, projectiles)...

August 24, 2019

Sometimes, we bonk our head a little too hard. We'll maybe joke, “Ouch, that’ll leave a mark”.  But the osteological question is, can head bonks, falls, and drawn-out sicknesses actually show up on your skeleton? These types of inquiries fall into the study of paleopat...

July 9, 2019

Sexing the skeleton might be a funny way of saying it, but it is a valid form of osteological analysis. Therefore, before we get into the nitty gritty, we need to establish the correct terminology to use. When estimating the sex of a skeleton, we use the term “sex”, wh...

June 28, 2019

How old are your bones? We give ourselves a birthday every year, so what about our skeletons? One of the things Osteologists do when building a ‘biological profile’ on a skeletal individual is create an age estimate. Having a general idea of how old the individual was...

June 13, 2019

Human osteology is a branch of anatomy that focuses on the study of the human skeleton (see osteo “bone”, and logy “the study of”). Osteoarchaeology, specifically, is the study of human remains from archaeological sites. The field of osteology is rather important, espe...

March 21, 2019

One of my favourite things to do is visit museums. They’re my safe place, full of amazing things. And I hope to encourage all of you to visit them too, because cultural heritage belongs to everyone.

BUT

Before you go exploring a cultural institution, there are a few thin...

November 8, 2018

Before the Industrial Revolution, history was just the continuation of the world. Restorations were taken for utilitarian and aesthetic reasons and pieces were fixed and maintained accordingly. If we look at restoration and conservation works in a modern sense, we can...

October 5, 2018

Why do we conserve some artworks instead of others? I was recently reading something for school that delved into this, and it got me thinking. So here's the first of a new series I'm calling Reading Rants! 

There is a chapter in Contemporary Theory of Con...

September 9, 2018

On September 2, 2018, the National Museum of Brazil was destroyed in a horrible fire. 200 years of scientific research, history and culture were lost. This monumental event was felt all over the world, and it reminded us how important it is to fund cultural institution...

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