Feeling the Heat: Investigating Fracture Patterns on Cremated Human Remains

Feeling the Heat: Investigating Fracture Patterns on Cremated Human Remains

Feeling the Heat: Investigating Fracture Patterns on Cremated Human Remains My job for the season is to learn more about Bronze Age funerary practices by fearlessly delving into the blaze of the funeral pyre.  How do I successfully accomplish this task without catching fire and meeting a similar fate as my subject, you ask?  No time machines or superpowers are necessary—I instead read the clues provided to me by the fracture patterns that form on the surface of human bone during cremation. As a member of the BAKOTA Project’s “Bone Team,” I investigate cremated human remains with the goal of answering broader questions addressing the connections between the living and…

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Structure by Motion-Sickness

Structure by Motion-Sickness

Structure by Motion-Sickness   The future is now, and its name is computer vision. Computer vision is a branch of computer science involving image processing that addresses the question: if a computer had eyes, what would it do? Its applications include navigation, medical imaging (think CT scans), and manufacturing, among other things. It’s making a splash in archaeology as well, where applications like pattern and object recognition are allowing professionals to analyze and digitally preserve potentially brittle, far-away or endangered material from their own personal machines. At the BAKOTA project we’re using a technique called photogrammetry to generate 3D models of our graves and vessels without ever having to make…

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"Death Metal" Visits the BNC

“Death Metal” Visits the BNC

The BAKOTA Death Metals team: Virag Varga and Anna Szigeti. Together with our mentor, Dr. Viktoria Kiss, we had the opportunity to visit the Budapest Neutron Centre (BNC) this June. What’s going on at the BNC and why is it important for an archaeologist? Stay tuned and we’ll tell you! But first few brief words about the BNC and their methods, which help us archaeologists out… The Budapest Research Reactor (BRR) is one of the leading research infrastructures in Hungary and in Central-Europe. The basic scientific activity at BRR is the use of neutron beam lines for neutron scattering investigations. We have more than 50 years of tradition in this…

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International Collaboration: The Perspective from the European Students

International Collaboration: The Perspective from the European Students

  How’s your summer vacation going? Lazy? Watching TV or playing PS4? Or maybe on a tropical island? Are you interested in learning about what our holiday is like? We have sun, sometimes too much. We have a pool that we are able to swim in when we are free (which is not very often). The most important thing, however, is that we were given the opportunity to participate in the Bronze Age Körös Off Tell Archaeological (BAKOTA) project, which is conducted in Békés County in Eastern Hungary. So what is our wonderful adventure like? This summer we have had the chance to gain precious new experience and the chance…

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Analysis of Cremains from Békés 103: A Personal Look at the Process

Analysis of Cremains from Békés 103: A Personal Look at the Process

By Alana Acuff, Matthew Capece, and Tucker Hlad   Hello from the ‘Boney Team’—us students who are working on osteology projects. We— Matt, Tucker, and Alana—would like to give you a glimpse into a day in the life of microexcavating burial urns from Békés 103. The information gained from this analysis will help us gain insight into the lives (and deaths) of the individuals of the Middle Bronze Age who called the Körös region of Hungary home Microexcavation is the excavation of the contents of urns. We start by removing the burials from the field, and then painstakingly scratching away at the compacted earth inside to reveal the human remains…

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