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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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Perspectives from a BAKOTA alum

Perspectives from a BAKOTA alum

Perspectives from a BAKOTA alum   Hey Bakota team and friends! I was an REU participant during the 2015 and 2016 field season and I wanted to update you all with what’s going on my in my life! Some context: at the tail end of the 2015 season, while I was passing through the Budapest Keleti train station, I saw hundreds of people living underground. The news came alive for me as I realized the people I saw were refugees. I have since kept up with the news and politics that continue to shape the refugee crisis, and am now studying refugees, health, and humanitarian action in Amman, Jordan. This…

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Measuring what (C)remains at Békés 103!

Measuring what (C)remains at Békés 103!

Measuring what (C)remains at Békés 103!   What do most people think of when they hear about an archaeology dig at a cemetery site? For me, it used to be inhumations: (NPR ). As it turns out, Békés 103 has far more cremated burials than inhumations. The cremated remains, or cremains, were buried either within an urn, or scattered with small empty vessels marking the grave. For several decades, cremated remains were disregarded and even thrown out before in-depth analysis because they were thought of as far more useless than intact bones. Luckily, at BAKOTA we are making full use of those cremains In previous work, researchers have found that…

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