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If you have any money to spare after rent, bills, Christmas presents etc, there are two osteoarchaeology-relevant causes that would appreciate a contribution.

The Grant Museum in London needs money to clean 39 of their mounted skeletons from extremely rare species (quagga, Ganges river dolphin etc). It's a really cool museum - Victorian style cluttered cases with skeletons, wet specimens, taxidermies etc - and since it's been around since 1828 as a teaching collection they have some really cool things in there. A visit is recommended.

Swedish archaeologists want to finish the excavation of one of the houses in Sandby ring fort, analyse the finds and publish the report. I thought I had linked to this interesting site before, but apparently not (or I just hid the link very well). Anyway, it's a ring fort on the island of Öland in the Baltic Sea, just off the Swedish coast. When the archaeologists did a small excavation a few years ago, they found not only lots of gold artefacts and Roman coins, but also several skeletons. The dead hadn't been buried, but left where they fell. Some showed evidence of battle injuries, suggesting that what we are seeing is the remains of a massacre. Not your average site! It's definitely worth watching the video on kickstarter to see some shiny shiny things (and some skeletons).

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Date: 2014-12-03 01:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] needled_ink_1975
I want to go rob a bank to fund the Sandby Borg project! Holy wow. I hope they find some clue as to why the dead were left unburied. And the houses weren't burned down, either (that's beyond strange. That's plain weird). And who were the attackers? So. Many. Questions.

I might die of curiosity long before the archaeologists have answered *any* of the questions, but thanks for the link, and I'm off to reblog.

–N

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