July 27, 2015

Busily finding flights. . . .

Filed under: Bodies, bodies everywhere! — acagle @ 7:16 pm

So hectic around here. Actually, hectic anyway, I have three days of Global Health work to finish, then head to Portland for my talk. Plus fieldwork next week. Plus trying to arrange a v-a-c-a-tion (in the summer sun) in three weeks’ time. Yeesh.

Anyway, the faaaaaaabulous Kristina over at PoweredByOsteons posted this link:

Gruesome Find: 100 Bodies Stuffed into Ancient House

The remains of 97 human bodies have been found stuffed into a small 5,000-year-old house in a prehistoric village in northeast China, researchers report in two separate studies.

The bodies of juveniles, young adults and middle-age adults were packed together in the house — smaller than a modern-day squash court — before it burnt down. Anthropologists who studied the remains say a “prehistoric disaster,” possibly an epidemic of some sort, killed these people.

Kind of odd. From the article it seems like some were whole interments and others were partials? That seems odd for an epidemic, you’d think they’d just toss the whole bodies in, unless maybe some were found later after decomposition had already taken place. It’s a poster abstract so there’s no way to see if there is pathology to go along with it. Also odd that there aren’t any old folks there, so hmmmm. . . . . .

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