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Level Up! - Exploring Skeletal Distribution in Cremation Urns

Level Up! – Exploring Skeletal Distribution in Cremation Urns

Level Up! – Exploring Skeletal Distribution in Cremation Urns Think about your morning routine. Is there a certain order you like to do things in? Some people might get dressed and then brush their teeth, others may brush their teeth first and then get dressed. There are also people who don’t have any preference at all! Essentially, humans have various ways of reaching the same end goal. In the context of this research project, we are trying to determine how Bronze Age people placed cremated bodies into funerary vessels, or urns. We are interested in seeing whether or not there was a systematic, orderly way of placing cremated remains in the…

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OT student digs for answers

OT student digs for answers

OT student digs for answers   As an occupational therapy major, sophomore Heleinna Cruz learns by observing how people move. Over the summer, Cruz had a chance to learn from bodies that hadn’t moved in nearly 5,000 years. Cruz was a member of an international team of specialists and students from around the world who excavated and analyzed material from burial sites in the Bronze Age cemetery of Békés 103 in Hungary. The work is part of the BAKOTA project, an international, multidisciplinary archaeological project. This fall, Cruz presented her research findings at a professional conference and will continue developing her work to present at a conference in Canada in…

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Death Metals: Trade Networks of Doom

Death Metals: Trade Networks of Doom

Death Metals: Trade Networks of Doom Have you ever wondered how people in the ancient world got their hands on the materials they used in their daily lives? Sometimes we look at the people of the past, and assume that they made everything they needed themselves. The thing is, this is usually not the case. Just like us humans today, the people of the past usually worked very hard, and could do a few jobs very well, but weren’t able to make everything they needed. So what they couldn’t make for themselves, they would trade in from other places. The “Death Metals” team spent this season researching the trade networks…

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