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Bones Don't Lie is a blog focusing on current news in mortuary archaeology and bioarchaeology. Written by a mortuary archaeology grad student, the blog primarily seeks to expand on news releases on current finds in bioarchaeology and mortuary archaeology. Other content includes summaries of current journal articles, reviews of methods and theories, as well as overviews of topics in the discipline.

Katy Meyers Emery
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  • May 27, 2015
  • 10:37 AM
  • 183 views

Evidence of Violence from a Late Black Death Cemetery

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

When we study history, we tend to focus on the big events. This is especially true for medieval England where history is defined by wars, plagues, famines, and major changes […]... Read more »

  • May 14, 2015
  • 12:16 PM
  • 134 views

Death and Landscapes: Why Does Location Matter?

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

This week, I’m attending the Cultural Landscapes and Heritage Values conference at UMass Amherst. I am going to be speaking Thursday at the 8-10 am session, “Universities as Examples of […]... Read more »

Howard M. R. Williams. (1997) Ancient Landscapes and the dead: the reuse of prehistoric and Roman monuments as early Anglo-Saxon burial sites. Medieval Archaeology, 1-31. info:/

Lynne Goldstein. (1995) Landscapes and Mortuary Practices. Regional Approaches to Mortuary Analysis Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology, 101-121. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4899-1310-4_5  

  • May 6, 2015
  • 10:24 AM
  • 177 views

Human Remains on Display in Prehispanic Northwest Mexico

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

Human remains are powerful statements. They can be a symbol of violence, veneration, respect, disrespect, memory, or art. As archaeologists, we need to be careful about the ways that we […]... Read more »

  • April 29, 2015
  • 10:38 AM
  • 251 views

Irish Eyes Aren’t Smiling: Decapitation in Medieval Ireland

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

Beheading was a popular mode of execution throughout human history- it is dramatic, final and is often part of a public display of power by the victors over the soon […]... Read more »

  • April 24, 2015
  • 11:29 AM
  • 184 views

Classic Story, A City Corpse Meets a Country Corpse

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

I’ve been indulging in a little HGTV this week as a way to recover from post-conference exhaustion. I know that shows like House Hunters aren’t real- they already have bought […]... Read more »

  • April 8, 2015
  • 08:58 AM
  • 213 views

New Morbid Terminology: Corpse Medicine

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

Earlier this week, researchers at Nottingham University were able to recreate a 9th c Anglo-Saxon medical remedy using garlic, onion and part of a cow’s stomach. When I first heard […]... Read more »

Karen Gordon-Grube. (1993) Evidence of Medicinal Cannibalism in Puritan New England: "Mummy" and Related Remedies in Edward Taylor's "Dispensatory". Early American Literature, 28(3), 185-221. info:/

  • April 1, 2015
  • 08:23 AM
  • 127 views

From the Archives: Approaching Ethnicity in Archaeology

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

Today in my ANP 203: Introduction to Archaeology class, we are talking about ethnicity vs ancestry, so I thought it would be a good time to repost this article on […]... Read more »

Hakenbeck, Susanne. (2011) Roman or barbarian? Shifting identities in early medieval cemeteries in bavaria. Post - Classical Archaeologies. info:other/

Halsall, Guy. (2011) Ethnicity and early medieval cemeteries. Arqueología y Territorio Medieval. info:/

  • March 24, 2015
  • 09:26 AM
  • 182 views

Can We Interpret Smoking Habits in Historic Skeletal Remains?

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

This semester I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to teach an introductory archaeology course that I designed from scratch. This week of teaching is definitely my favorite […]... Read more »

  • March 17, 2015
  • 09:16 AM
  • 366 views

Climate Change and the Chinchorro Mummies

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

The Chinchorro mummies are quite different from the traditional linen-wrapped mummies of Egypt that we often equate this the term ‘mummy’. Recently, these mummies from Chile and Peru have become […]... Read more »

Marquet PA, Santoro CM, Latorre C, Standen VG, Abades SR, Rivadeneira MM, Arriaza B, & Hochberg ME. (2012) Feature Article: Emergence of social complexity among coastal hunter-gatherers in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 22891345  

  • March 10, 2015
  • 09:06 AM
  • 207 views

The Transition from Living to Dead in Neolithic Italy

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

I am a huge fan of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series of novels. They are a perfect blend of intellectual references, irreverent creativity and humor that is perfect for breaking down the […]... Read more »

  • February 25, 2015
  • 11:36 AM
  • 273 views

Using the Dead to Interpret Daily Life in Bronze Age Spain

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

I am fascinated by the diversity of ways that humans have approached death and dying throughout our history as a species. Since you’re reading this, I’ll assume you are interested […]... Read more »

  • January 27, 2015
  • 10:48 AM
  • 300 views

Reuse of Cemeteries in Prehistoric Ireland

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

With the cold weather and ice descending upon the Midwest, I’ve found myself spending more time watching HGTV than I normally do. My favorite shows are the fixer upper ones, […]... Read more »

  • January 20, 2015
  • 09:00 AM
  • 314 views

Mostly Dead, but Slightly Alive: The Life After Death of Dismembered Remains in Ancient Peru

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

In the Princess Bride, the deceased body of Westley is brought to Miracle Max in order to bring him back to life. Famously, May says ‘There’s a big difference between mostly dead […]... Read more »

  • January 15, 2015
  • 09:02 AM
  • 340 views

Trepanation! Not Just For Headaches: Tibial Surgery in Ancient Peru

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

Over the past two years, I’ve been commuting from my home to my university. It’s about an hour drive each way (unless it’s snowing, and then it could be two […]... Read more »

Toyne, J. (2015) Tibial surgery in ancient Peru. International Journal of Paleopathology, 29-35. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpp.2014.09.002  

  • January 13, 2015
  • 07:00 AM
  • 319 views

Not All Are Buried Here: Selective Burial in Prehistoric Spain

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

Interpreting cemeteries in order to understand the living population is a dangerous and difficult task. On the one hand, cemeteries are really our only form of information about the actual […]... Read more »

  • December 18, 2014
  • 08:51 AM
  • 304 views

Happy Holidays: Gifts for the Deceased in Anglo-Saxon England

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

The holiday season is upon us, and that means that many of us are thinking about gifts. As I’ve been wrapping the presents I’ve bought for my family, I’ve been […]... Read more »

  • December 11, 2014
  • 02:32 PM
  • 364 views

The Headless Romans: Headhunting, Defeated Gladiators or Natural River Movement?

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

In the Walbrook Valley near the city of London, large numbers of human remains, dating to the Roman occupation of England, have been recovered over the past 175 years- and […]... Read more »

  • December 3, 2014
  • 09:03 AM
  • 499 views

Where do Vampires come from? Isotopic Analysis of the Drawsko Vampires

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

Vampires have continued to be a hot topic in studies of deviant burial practices, and the popular news is more than happy to share these types of archaeological finds. Of […]... Read more »

  • November 12, 2014
  • 09:19 AM
  • 359 views

On The Road: Mobility of Romans in Britains

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

The remains of the Roman Empire are found throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East- aqueducts, stadiums, roads, temples, and cemeteries dot the modern landscapes of many European countries. Their […]... Read more »

Eckardt, H., Müldner, G., & Lewis, M. (2014) People on the move in Roman Britain. World Archaeology, 46(4), 534-550. DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2014.931821  

  • November 5, 2014
  • 08:34 AM
  • 346 views

Changes in Society and Diet from the Merovingian to Viking Age

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

Vikings are a hot topic right now. While I would hope this would be due to their interesting maritime culture, fascinating burial practices or an increased understanding in the important role […]... Read more »

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