osteoarchaeology

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A step ahead

Michaela Binder examines evidence of Europe’s earliest known artificial foot.  Though people have lived on the Hemmaberg, a mountain settlement in southern Austria, since Neolithic times, our research focuses on a small cemetery that belongs to the period shortly before the site was destroyed in the 6th century AD. The 27 graves of men, women, and children […]

Roman slaves

Were Roman slaves hungry?    What was it like to be a slave in the Roman Empire? The answer, according to the latest excavations at Vagnari, is that slaves were rather better looked after than one might expect:  they ate quite well, they suffered less from childhood starvation than did the population in general, and […]