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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

February 17, 2020

Let’s start with breaking down the word. Thermoluminescence can be broken into two words: Thermo, meaning head and Luminescence, meaning an emission of light. It essentially means that some materials that have accumulated energy over a long period of time will give off...

February 6, 2020

As I did some last minute field work this past January, it gave me the perfect opportunity to create a packing list for everything you'll ever need on an archaeological excavation! So what I have done here, is separate the list into four sections such as Tools, Health...

December 13, 2019

Quick disclaimer* the information I’m giving you in this video is a general overview, and specifics are based on protocols and standard practices in The Netherlands, so some things will differ from country to country. So please do your research to find your own local s...

November 21, 2019

Since it’s either impossible or not needed to excavate an entire site, archaeologists employ the use of sampling techniques in order to get a clear picture of an area without having to sort through and analyse extremely large amounts of information and artefacts. There...

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...

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