Katy Meyers Emery

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

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  • February 4, 2016
  • 01:28 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  

  • May 27, 2015
  • 10:37 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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:/

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