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Human remains?; DNA testing might reveal owner's origin
Topic Started: Mar 12 2010, 10:11 AM (686 Views)
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The report for 2001-02 has a good 30-some-page writeup of the skull. It says it was a "Caucasoid male aged approximately 20 to 30 years." It then gives a lengthy account of the trauma that had happened to the person (short version: he met a nasty end), and concludes with a recommendation to do isotope analysis to figure out childhood residence & diet.

That's the kicker -- dunno if that follow-up analysis has been done yet. Andy?

Source: Loe, Louise, "Appendix I: Specialist Report on the Human Skull (8658) from Vindolanda, Northumberland" in Birley & Blake, "Vindolanda Excavations 2001 & 2002," Roman Army Publications, Greenhead (2003) (mine is on CD, purchased from vindolanda.com's store a few years ago)
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This from Badger:

"Grave or industrial pit? Either way pretty much the only structure in Site B to ever have four right angle corners!"
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Justin
Mar 15 2010, 04:43 AM
...They were very open to post depositional processes including bioturbation....

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Quick note to say thanks for the new vocabulary word! Can't wait to use it in a sentence of my own.
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