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Four Stone Hearth 62 the OSSA edition

11 mars 2009

Welcome to the Swedish Osteological Associations new blog. We thought that the Four Stone Hearth blog carnival was a good way to introduce some good anthro bloging to our members and introducing us to you. Most posts here are published in Swedish but on occasion we’re bilingual. More information on us is available here.

Enough about us, lets get this carnival started. As this is the OSSA edition I’ll through the first bone to Kristina…


… of Bone Girl who discusses samples about to be sent for oxygen isotope analysis. She discusses how to get the best result within a limited budget; what samples to send and why those might give the most interesting result. It’s always interesting to follow a line of reasoning.

From samples to Hominin Dental Anthropology! Though this post is not about anything dental instead it regards the new face of racism; Jason wonders if overt prejudice has moved to unconscious discrimination in this post.

By the way good luck on the cooking adventures!  Hope this dosen’t mean you’ll stop serving us goods post on anthropology though!

Afarensis gives an update on a lawsuit filed against Yale and the (US) Federal Government by descendants of Geronimo regarding repatriation of parts of Geronimos skeleton. Now there are some complications in this case as some of Geronimo relatives are  gainst repatriation. Here and here.

NB this cranium is neither Geramino’s or from Trenton, New Jersey.
NB this cranium is neither Geramino’s or from Trenton, New Jersey.

Laelaps revisits the Trenton skulls found in Trenton, New Jersey. Ever heard of them? No, not me either but during the latter half of the 19th century they played an important part in a paleoanthropological controversy.

Dienekes anthroplogy blog writes about genetic structure analysis and the result of such a study on populations in Northern Europe. 


It’s not only osteologists that has to work with fragments; Muhlberger’s Early History reports on the Turin Kinglist, a 3,000-year-old unique document or rather 160 fragments of a document. The puzzel of finding, interpreting and reading the document has been an ongoing project since Jean-Francois Champollion (1790-1832) assembled the first 48 pieces pieces of the puzzle.

Publishing archaeology discusses how scientific journals are to be financed if or when they become open access and the difference between Gold OA (open access journals) and Greeen OA (self -archiving).  

John Hawks brings forth thoughts on a possible scandal; he discusses the work and findings of Michèle Lamonts exploration regarding peer reviews in an interesting post on what happens behind the closed doors of science journals.

Tangled up in blue guy is baffled that political decisions are made without politicians understanding the facts at the base of the policy being considered; a post on the US approach to Embryonic Stem Cell research and the importance of scientifically based decisions.

According to frequency Leohtberend must have been one the most popular guys around Brittan during the medieval times – you know who I mean – if not seek the answer at Point of no return.

Something is rotten in the state of mind (?) and a holistic anthropological approach on obesity, two post from Neuroanthroplogy; 

  1. The first with a gruesome title; Is Facebook rotting our children’s brains? Today social networking websites is fingered as a possible reason for short attention spans, sensationalism, inability to empathise and a shaky sense of identity.  A tale on moral ”brain panic” in the making and on the reoccurring technophobia or just sheer fright of change over the generation gaps! (A sequel to such fears as videogames, TV or, God forbid it, rock and roll.)
  2. The other concerns us that might have a pound or two we wants to loose. How to do this  seems to be answered already in the second sentence but please continue cause there is more to come; such as a paradigm change regarding the view on how to deal with obesity.

At adventures of notorious PH.D,. Girl Scholar; Notorious PH.D rereads Judith Bennett’s History Matters: Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism and based upon that discusses two questions:

  • Should (feminist) politics be historical?
  • Should (professional/academic) history be political?

Culturge on the dramatic technological changes and the rapidly increasingly developments in bio-tech, medical science and robotics are creating a new ecology from which a new version of humans may evolve – homo evolutis. Yesteryears science fiction might just be tomorrows reality. What is the future for homo sapiens if we have to compete with homo evolutis, homo androidis or homo hybridis?


Want to know more about rock-art in Britain? The Northern Antiquarian brings word on West Yorkshire cup marks.

Ancient Egypt Research Associates gives an excavation report from the Lost city at Giza and on two burials

As it is coming to that time of the year when, at least for us archaeologist without a steady job working in the northern parts of Europe, gets to sit down and apply for jobs for the coming excavation season. Now how should that CV look to get the employers attention? Jonathan Jarrett at a Corner of Tenth-Century Europe ask himself and his readers just that question.

ArchaeoBlog keeps seving up news – this time on vampire archaeology.

From vampires to Voodoo. Do you know the term Voodoo paleontology? eTrilobite.com does! It is a term based on political rhetorics he wishes to use for certain research.

At Moore Group blog who hosted the preavious Four Stone hearth a game for all seasons is presented by a guestblogger Southiue Sham – do you know what you see?

The next Four Stone hearth will be hosted by Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub on March 25th, who reports on a scienctific victory as the members of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) agreed to strip creationist, anti-science language out of biology standards.


We’ll end this edition with a request from Societas Iranologica Europea to colleagues to read and sign the following petition regarding the fact that an important part of the Elamite clay tablets forming the archive of the Achaemenid center of Persepolis, found during excavations at Persepolis (Iran) and presently on loan to the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, are currently involved in a lawsuit in the US courts, and face the threat of confiscation and sale in order to compensate a legal case brought by private persons against the Government of Iran.

Read more about it at Ancient World bloggers group and Persepolis Fortification Archive Project.

  • If you want to contribute to or host the Four Stone Hearth blog carnival there’s more information here.
  • If you are interested in a membership in the (Swedish) Osteological Association or you want to write something for our journal Benbiten (in Swedish or English) please check here for further details.
  • If you are interested in writing a guest post at our blog or have written something you think is of interest to our members and wants us to link to it please contact us at of_nyheter[delete this]@hotmail.com

Best wishes

 Magnus Reuterdahl/the Swedish Osteological Association


8 kommentarer
  1. 17 mars 2009 4:02

    I will continue the anthro stuff…love it too much!!

  2. 17 mars 2009 9:00

    Great selection of posts! And a wonderful song as well.
    A tip for another great bone-themed song:
    ”The Real Pliocene Hominin”

  3. ostfor permalink*
    17 mars 2009 15:20

    To Jason – That sounds great!

    To Åsa – I saw that, great fun – I’ll add it here later today!


    Magnus Reuterdahl


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