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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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  • April 21, 2016
  • 08:12 AM
  • 148 views

Death Comes to Stonehenge: The Burned Remains

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

There is something mysterious about Stonehenge. I have a very distinct memory of visiting Stonehenge as a child, seeing the standing rocks in the distance Perhaps it was the fog and grey […]... Read more »

Willis, C., Marshall, P., McKinley, J., Pitts, M., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Richards, J., Thomas, J., Waldron, T., Welham, K.... (2016) The dead of Stonehenge. Antiquity, 90(350), 337-356. DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2016.26  

Pearson, M., Chamberlain, A., Jay, M., Marshall, P., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Thomas, J., Tilley, C., & Welham, K. (2015) Who was buried at Stonehenge?. Antiquity, 83(319), 23-39. DOI: 10.1017/S0003598X00098069  

  • March 17, 2016
  • 08:08 AM
  • 187 views

I like my corpses like I like my pretzels. Salted.

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

I’ve been reading a lot of interesting food non-fiction books in my sparse free time as a way to relax after long days of dissertation preparation and article writing. I’ve […]... Read more »

  • March 9, 2016
  • 10:54 AM
  • 220 views

Restoring Lost Narratives: Early Medieval Muslim Graves in France

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

When people ask me why archaeology is important, or why I’ve chosen to study human remains and funerary practices, I often cite the importance of bringing individual stories back into […]... Read more »

  • March 1, 2016
  • 04:14 PM
  • 212 views

Using Teeth to Interpret Social Status and Childhood Health in Historic Japan

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

Our bones are pretty amazing- they keep a record of what has happened to us throughout our lifetime. Bones show the trauma and disease we faced, how well we healed […]... Read more »

  • February 17, 2016
  • 03:13 PM
  • 303 views

Upright Burial: A Mesolithic and Modern Phenomenon?

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

Recently, the popular news has been fascinated with the discovery of an upright burial from a Mesolithic cemetery site in Germany. Rightly so! Upright burials are an extremely rare phenomenon, […]... Read more »

Thomas Terberger, Andreas Kotula, Sebastian Lorenz, Manuela Schult, Joachim Burger, & Bettina Jungklaus. (2015) Standing upright to all eternity- The Mesolithic burial site at Groß Fredenwalde, Brandenburg (NE Germany) . Quartär . info:/

  • February 10, 2016
  • 07:00 AM
  • 293 views

New Morbid Terminology: Phossy Jaw, The Occupational Disease of Matchstick Makers

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

There are a range of diseases, traumas and skeletal markers that can occur regularly with certain types of occupations. One historic example is called Tailor’s Notches. These are small indentations […]... Read more »

  • February 4, 2016
  • 01:28 PM
  • 259 views

Collective Burial: Emphasizing Community in Neolithic Spain

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

In the United States, historically we chose to bury our dead with our family and community. People would buy large plots within cemeteries where they could bury their relatives over […]... Read more »

Alt KW, Zesch S, Garrido-Pena R, Knipper C, Szécsényi-Nagy A, Roth C, Tejedor-Rodríguez C, Held P, García-Martínez-de-Lagrán Í, Navitainuck D.... (2016) A Community in Life and Death: The Late Neolithic Megalithic Tomb at Alto de Reinoso (Burgos, Spain). PloS one, 11(1). PMID: 26789731  

  • January 19, 2016
  • 08:59 AM
  • 303 views

Investigating Funerary Rituals in a Multiethnic African Diasporic Cemetery

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

The Atlantic slave trade was a massive undertaking promoted by Europeans between the 16th and 19th centuries to forcibly move people from Africa to America to be sold as laborers. During this period in […]... Read more »

  • December 16, 2015
  • 08:46 AM
  • 417 views

Buried with a Sickle: Death’s Scythe or Anti-Demon Protection?

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

Scythes and sickles have a very clear symbolic association for modern populations. The personification of death is traditionally pictured with a scythe (full size version pictured to the right) or sickle […]... Read more »

  • December 3, 2015
  • 10:33 AM
  • 357 views

So You’ve Got a Hole in Your Head, Now What?

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

Let’s just say that you are an Iron Age herder living in Switzerland. You’re out walking through your flock of cattle, and one of them gets fiesty and kicks you […]... Read more »

Erdal, Y., & Erdal, �. (2011) A review of trepanations in Anatolia with new cases. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 21(5), 505-534. DOI: 10.1002/oa.1154  

Moghaddam, N., Mailler-Burch, S., Kara, L., Kanz, F., Jackowski, C., & Lösch, S. (2015) Survival after trepanation—Early cranial surgery from Late Iron Age Switzerland. International Journal of Paleopathology, 56-65. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpp.2015.08.002  

  • November 17, 2015
  • 11:47 AM
  • 400 views

Landscapes of Death and Mass Graves from the Roman Empire

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

There is an amazing relationship between human behavior and space. Our landscape and environment shapes what we can do on it, how we move through it, and where we can […]... Read more »

  • October 21, 2015
  • 09:49 AM
  • 536 views

Scurvy- Not Just For Pirates Anymore!

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

Regardless of how many articles I read on scurvy, or how many skeletons I’ve seen showing evidence of the deficiency of vitamin C, or how many times I’m reminding that […]... Read more »

  • October 15, 2015
  • 09:20 AM
  • 384 views

Fire & Bone: Using Burnt Bone to Interpret Neolithic Burials in France

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

The big news today was that a man in California set fire to an aisle of Halloween costumes in a Walmart. Honestly, this shouldn’t be the biggest news story of […]... Read more »

  • October 6, 2015
  • 09:24 AM
  • 421 views

The Earliest Example of Decapitation and Why Archaeologists Should Learn to Draw

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

That title is not a mistake. When I read the recent articles about the earliest example of a decapitation, my first thought was “wow, look at those illustrations; we really […]... Read more »

Strauss A, Oliveira RE, Bernardo DV, Salazar-García DC, Talamo S, Jaouen K, Hubbe M, Black S, Wilkinson C, Richards MP.... (2015) The Oldest Case of Decapitation in the New World (Lapa do Santo, East-Central Brazil). PloS one, 10(9). PMID: 26397983  

  • September 23, 2015
  • 09:09 AM
  • 591 views

Who Died In The Leprosarium of Saint-Thomas d’Aizier?

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

Leprosy is a fascinating disease- not just for its effects, but for the social implications of having the disease. Leprosy was an epidemic disease that not only infected millions of […]... Read more »

  • September 3, 2015
  • 08:49 AM
  • 477 views

Living on the Edge: Bioarchaeology of Medieval Iceland

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

It is the first week of school here at Michigan State University, and not surprisingly, we’ve got super high temperatures and crazy humidity. It feels like you’re entering a steam […]... Read more »

G. ZOËGA AND K. A. MURPHY. (2015) Life on the Edge of the Arctic: The Bioarchaeology of the Keldudalur Cemetery in Skagafjörður, Iceland. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. info:/

  • August 18, 2015
  • 12:00 PM
  • 479 views

New Morbid Terminology: Cementochronology

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

When I saw this word I just knew it would make a great new morbid terminology. If we take the word apart, there are two major pieces: cemento and chronology. […]... Read more »

  • August 7, 2015
  • 08:36 AM
  • 531 views

Fight to the Death! Violence and Trauma in Post-Medieval Romania

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

Right now I’m working on the historical background to my dissertation, which means reading a lot of historical texts and history books on early medieval England. As an archaeologist, I’ve […]... Read more »

  • June 9, 2015
  • 07:37 AM
  • 371 views

Importance of Field Work: Sifting to Recover Bones

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

Continuing with our theme of focusing on excavation and field work in mortuary archaeology, let’s look at another important step of the process: sifting. While the excavation is progressing, the […]... Read more »

  • June 5, 2015
  • 06:59 AM
  • 366 views

Importance of Field Work: Careful Excavation and Archaeothanatology

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

During the month of June, I will be the teaching assistant for the Michigan State University Campus Archaeology Field School. This is a unique field school because it gives students […]... Read more »

Littleton, J., Floyd, B., Frohlich, B., Dickson, M., Amgalantögs, T., Karstens, S., & Pearlstein, K. (2012) Taphonomic analysis of Bronze Age burials in Mongolian khirigsuurs. Journal of Archaeological Science, 39(11), 3361-3370. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2012.06.004  

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