Four seasons in one day! Report from the field at Drybread

We've been rather busy excavating at Drybread Cemetery over the last month. There's been lots to do and over the next little while we'll be reporting on our findings as we start to analyse them. But while we're readjusting to life back at home we thought you might like a little insight into life on … Continue reading Four seasons in one day! Report from the field at Drybread

We’re dusting off our tools, and headed to Drybread!

It's been a while since we posted on the blog - post-lockdown we've been very busy catching up on analysis and making plans for the future - one of which is heading into a new collaboration with the Drybread Cemetery Trust, to help them understand the extent of their burials, and hopefully shed some light … Continue reading We’re dusting off our tools, and headed to Drybread!

Reconstructing Milton life using tooth, bone and hair chemistry

This week we have an article out in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology looking at reconstructing the lives of the St. John's, Milton individuals using isotopic analysis. In this post we explain how we do this kind of analysis, and give you some of the highlights of the article. In previous posts I've talked … Continue reading Reconstructing Milton life using tooth, bone and hair chemistry

Archaeology – it’s child’s play

In the Southern Cemeteries project we mostly study skeletal remains and archaeology relating to death and burial. Not always the cheeriest topic! It's really important for us to remember that the people we're looking at lived lives before they died. They experienced hardships certainly, but they also had fun times! So for the final blogs … Continue reading Archaeology – it’s child’s play

Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases

In our last post we talked about the tragic story of the sisters who died of whooping cough just one day apart. Today in blog 4 of our Little Lives series, paleopathologist Dr. Annie Snoddy talks about the diseases that used to make childhood so dangerous for our colonists. Infants and children are the “canary … Continue reading Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases

Two sisters from St. John’s?

Historically, children have been very much ignored by archaeologists, and stories of little lives are often not told. But we know that the lives of children touch the lives of the whole community, and so whatever we can find out about them is important. Because their bones and teeth are so delicate we're often limited … Continue reading Two sisters from St. John’s?