Welcome to Episode 5 of The Struggling Archaeologist’s Guide to Getting Dirty, “I See Dead People!”
And boy do I ever, well, at least while researching for this episode! I tried but I just couldn’t avoid more mention of mummies, but I think after our discussion of archaeological execution sites and bog bodies you won’t mind a boring old mummy or two!
The discovery of a pit full of 14th century German execution victims is why today is all about death, so I felt it necessary to delve into the world of bog bodies as well- since who doesn’t love those, am I right?! Don’t worry, in today’s shorty news I figured I should talk about something full of sunshine and rainbows to make up for the macabre first act of the podcast- so I briefly consider the merits of space archaeology…. yes, space archaeology.
Oh yeah, and if you were planning on doing a field school this summer you should get your booty on it asap! Check out shovelbums.com, archaeologyfieldwork.com, about.com, archaeological.org, digs.bib-arch.org and other similar such sites for field work opportunities around the world for this summer!
And for your viewing pleasure here are some pictures of well known bog bodies and a naturally preserved Incan mummy… and please show them some respect and don’t go posting them on your facebook page!
Tollund Man – 4th century BCE, Denmark
Courtesy of Sven Rosborn
Tollund man —> the rope that was used to kill him is still around his neck!
“Red Franz”- 3-5th century CE, Germany
<—- Throat was sliced and stabbed in shoulder, hair turned red from bog acids
Courtesy of Robert Clark
Sergeant Boris Lazarev- Russia, 1943 —>
<—- Incan child sacrifice, 16th century CE, Chile
Courtesy of Chris Openshaw
Remains from the Alkersleben execution victims –>
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Welcome Friends! It’s another exciting episode of “The Struggling Archaeologist’s Guide to Getting Dirty,” so get ready for episode 2 “Change up!”
In this episode I take you on a journey into the exciting world of mummies. Just your average, run of the mill, organ-less, mummified human beings. Well, at least that’s what they thought at the Redpath museum of Montreal, until recent images from a CT scan of three mummies from their collection revealed that one of them wore a fancy schmancy hairstyle to the afterlife. I heard it was all the rage in the Roman era, so I thought I’d try it out for myself (a little experimental archaeology never hurt anyone… unless you count flint knapping, which I believe is up there with shark attacks on the kill-o-meter). So here is a forensic artist’s reconstruction of the Redpath mummy (a woman around 20 from the Fayum)… and myself with a truly awful reconstruction of her hairdo!