Katy Meyers Emery

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Katy Meyers Emery is a mortuary archaeology grad student at Michigan State University.

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  • December 11, 2014
  • 02:32 PM
  • 59 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
  • 124 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
  • 138 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
  • 117 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 »

  • October 29, 2014
  • 09:05 AM
  • 143 views

Halloween Horrors: Evidence of Torture in the Prehistoric Southwest US

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

With Halloween coming up right around the corner, there have been an increase in the attention paid to the spookier aspects of archaeology. We are increasingly able to find evidence of […]... Read more »

  • October 14, 2014
  • 11:49 AM
  • 144 views

New Morbid Terminology: Overburden

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

As funerary archaeologists, we need to consider the whole range of behavior surrounding death and burial. This includes the ritual surrounding preparation of the body for burial, modes of transportation […]... Read more »

  • September 23, 2014
  • 08:51 AM
  • 201 views

Disarticulated Remains: Evidence of Ritual or Scavenging?

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

There is a joke among archaeologists about the use of the term ‘ritual’. Basically, it seems to be a common thing that when an archaeologist can’t understand a site, when […]... Read more »

  • September 17, 2014
  • 10:02 AM
  • 203 views

An Unusual Case of Scurvy found in the Maya

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

Scurvy is caused by a lack of vitamin C in one’s nutrition. Historical accounts of the disease are first recorded in 1845, noting the presence of rosy patches of skin, […]... Read more »

  • September 9, 2014
  • 02:07 PM
  • 180 views

Cemeteries: Peaceful Resting Places or Competitive Interactive Arenas?

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

When I think about modern cemeteries, I usually perceive them as quiet resting places for the deceased. As I drive by them they are usually well kept, maintained green spaces […]... Read more »

Koji Mizoguchi. (2014) The centre of their life-world: the archaeology of experience at the Middle cemetery of Tateiwa-Hotta, JapanYayoi. Antiquity, 836-850. info:/

  • September 4, 2014
  • 01:00 PM
  • 221 views

Performing Funerals in Mycenaean Greece (1600-1100 BCE)

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

I’ve been spending the last few days learning about grave goods found with the dead during the Early Anglo-Saxon period. Grave goods are an interesting artifact- as it isn’t something […]... Read more »

Boyd, Michael. (2014) The materiality of performance in Mycenaean funerary practices. World Archaeology. info:/

  • August 20, 2014
  • 01:22 PM
  • 255 views

Agriculture, Inequality and Cremation in Iron Age Spain

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

One of the major debates in archaeology is when do we begin to see inequality among human groups, and what caused this this to happen. Social inequality has been defined […]... Read more »

JORGE DE TORRES RODRÍGUEZ. (2014) A PLACE FOR EVERYONE. THE STRUCTURE OF ARROYO CULEBRO D CEMETERY AND THE SOCIAL ORGANIZATION IN THE MIDDLE TAGUS VALLEY IRON AGE (SPAIN). Oxford Journal of Archaeology. info:/

  • August 12, 2014
  • 08:59 AM
  • 252 views

Why are the elderly invisible in archaeological contexts?

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

For the past two months, I have been busy preparing my dissertation data for analysis. This means that I am taking the paper versions of my data from books, monographs, […]... Read more »

C. Cave, & M. Oxenham. (2014) Identification of the Archaeological ‘Invisible Elderly’: An Approach Illustrated with an Anglo-Saxon Example. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. info:/

  • July 29, 2014
  • 09:00 AM
  • 258 views

Finding the Missing Stories: The Prior Cemetery’s Unmarked Slave Graves

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

One of the more common (though often frustrating) questions we get in archaeology is “Why are you doing historic archaeology? We already know what happened”. To some extent, for eras […]... Read more »

  • July 24, 2014
  • 09:12 AM
  • 212 views

Using Teeth to Learn About Diet, Cooking and Food Processing in Prehistoric Sudan

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

How could someone determine what you eat from only examining the things you leave behind? To add to the challenge, you would be hypothetically deceased and unable to communicate your […]... Read more »

  • July 15, 2014
  • 08:53 AM
  • 268 views

Understanding Privileged Access to Water from the Dead

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

As humans, we cannot survive without water. In the first world, we are privileged to have consistent access to fresh clean water. In many countries, access to water is based […]... Read more »

Lightfoot, E., Šlaus, M., & O'Connell, T. (2014) Water consumption in Iron Age, Roman, and Early Medieval Croatia. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 154(4), 535-543. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22544  

  • July 9, 2014
  • 09:21 AM
  • 262 views

Clothing the Dead in Ancient Peru

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

Why is clothing on the dead so important? Because what we choose to put on our bodies conveys social meanings about our wealth, our status, and the social groups we […]... Read more »

  • June 24, 2014
  • 12:13 PM
  • 202 views

One Grave Does Not Equal One Person: Hunter-gatherer Graves in Argentina

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

There seems to be an assumption that one grave will only hold one individual. Why we assume this is kind of strange given that even today we don’t always bury […]... Read more »

Flensborg, Martinez, & Bayala. (2014) Mortality Profiles of Hunter-Gatherer Societies: A Case Study from the Eastern Pampa–Patagonia Transition (Argentina) During the Final Late Holocene. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. info:/

  • May 29, 2014
  • 08:27 AM
  • 337 views

Evidence for Ear Trophies from Human Skulls

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

Ear mutilation is an interesting thing. I say interesting, because when I really think about it, there seem to be quite a few historical and pop-cultural references to this kind […]... Read more »

  • May 22, 2014
  • 09:43 AM
  • 174 views

Investigating Red-Colored Bones in Mesoamerica

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

It isn’t rare to see bones that have a color other than the usual lab-cleaned white or dirt-stained brown. In my post on colored bones from a few years ago, […]... Read more »

Ávila, A., Mansilla, J., Bosch, P., & Pijoan, C. (2014) Cinnabar in Mesoamerica: poisoning or mortuary ritual?. Journal of Archaeological Science, 48-56. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2014.04.024  

  • May 13, 2014
  • 08:35 AM
  • 370 views

Examining Christopher Columbus’ Crew

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue.  The story of Christopher Columbus sailing across the ocean to discover America is something that all children from the United States learn […]... Read more »

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