Latest Archaeological sub-disciplines Stories

2008-09-18 11:05:00

The skeleton of a man discovered by archaeologists in a shallow grave on the site of the University of York's campus expansion could be that of one of Britain's earliest victims of tuberculosis. Radiocarbon dating suggests that the man died in the fourth century. He was interred in a shallow scoop in a flexed position, on his right side. The man, aged 26"“35 years, suffered from iron deficiency anaemia during childhood and at 162 centimeters (5ft 4in), was a shorter height than average...

2008-07-28 15:00:26

By Rebecca McQuillan IT WOULD be easy, from piecing together the circumstantial evidence, to get the wrong impression of Dr Tony Pollard. In his office at Glasgow University's archaeology department, a deep interest in all things war-related is obvious. Spreading from floor to ceiling across two walls is a massed army of hardback books on military history, labelled "Zulu", "colonial", "Culloden" - and on the windowsill there is a glass-framed poster of an African warrior commemorating the...

Latest Archaeological sub-disciplines Reference Libraries

2013-09-30 13:29:48

Zooarchaeology is the study of animal remains including shells, bones, hides, scales, DNA, chitin, and hair. Shells and bones are most frequently studied because these do not decay at a fast rate, but most remains do not survive because they break or decompose. In eastern areas of North America, Zooarchaeology developed over three periods. The first, known as the Formative period, occurred in the 1860s and was not a specific area of study at that time. The second period, known as the...

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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.