“I dropped the television remote, and when I went to check under the bed I found her. It was like something out of a scary movie,” said Aaron Silver, the man staying in the room.
“I clean that room every day. I noticed a smell several times, and told my manager,” said Anita Rodriguez, a housekeeper at the motel. “He told me to just use extra Febreeze in the room and it would go away eventually. I always hated cleaning that room.”
“Funny thing is, the records also show literally almost 1,000 complaints from people who stayed in the room over the years. Everything from a bad smell to an ‘eerie feeling.’ Several people even asked to switch rooms in the middle of the night,” said Goldsmith. “The motel really should have checked out that room a little more closely.”
This is from Empire, which is basically The Onion. Got me too at first!
So back on the subject of becoming a forensic anthropologist, this is one of the *extremely rare* times I’ve seen an actual forensic anthropology job opening show up in my inbox. It’s at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office, and they do a lot of research and present at the AAFS conference every year. Work AND research. This here’s the dream job, y’all.
Look upon it in wonder.
Now look again at those qualifications and skills. You know how many people are D-ABFA? There are 102 people who have been certified the entire history of the organization and that includes the deceased and retired ones. That shit is not easy. But if it were easy, everyone would do it, as they say.
Anyhow, the point is: you want to be a forensic anthropologist? The best advice I have is to read that job description and consider it a checklist. Here is our work set before us. And with that, I leave you to go work on this freaking thesis so maybe I can get one step closer, too.
"Anne Bonny and Mary Read were pirates, as renowned for their ruthlessness as for their gender, and during their short careers challenged the sailors’ adage that a woman’s presence on shipboard invites bad luck."
Sculpture by Erik Christianson.
I’m not entirely sure that the statue really needed to have a tit out.
How dare women try to have nipples.
Actually I’ve seen this before and I can tell you— it’s because these women were bad ass pirates and when they killed someone they’d expose one or both breasts so that when their victim died, (s)he knew that they were killed by a woman.
ACTUALLY Anne Bonny purposely wore loose fitting clothes and displayed her breasts openly at all times during battle - mainly because men were distracted by them, and she took pleasure in killing said men while they were too busy staring at her breasts. Mary Read dressed mainly as a man (after posing as her deceased brother, Mark, for the entirety of her childhood) and both ladies cross-dressed from time to time, hopping between ships. They were known as the ‘fierce hell cats’ due to their ferocious tempers, and were key elements to Captain ‘Calico Jack’ Rackham’s crew - they were the only two known female pirates in the Golden Age of Caribbean piracy. IN FACT, when the ship was captured by the British Navy, Anne and Mary were the ONLY TWO pirates who fought while the males of the crew hid - they were all tried to be hung as pirates but Bonny and Read were both pregnant and were pardoned.
Calico Jack was a lover to Bonny, and as he was to be hung, Bonny’s final words to him were, “Had you fought like a man, you need not be hung like a dog.” Bonny and Read were possibly two of the most badass fucking pirates and they were FEMALE. The more you know.
Very low power scanning electron microscope image, showing normal bone architecture in the fourth lumbar vertebra of an 41 year year old man (x8). A regular pattern of interconnected plates and thick struts of bone can be seen.
Jericho was founded around 9600 BCE and developed into a large settlement with a population of two thousand by about 7000 BCE. During the Neolithic period, the people of Jericho had a mortuary practice of burying loved ones under their houses. Sometimes these bodies were complete and sometimes the head was removed and only the skull was buried.
Before the head was buried, the skull was defleshed and the mandible was removed, then facial features were reconstructed with plaster. So that the plaster crania retained the identity of the family member, individual facial characteristics were painted on with red and black paint. In many cases the eye orbits were inlaid with shells and the crania were decorated with hair and mustaches.
Kathleen Kenyon discovered seven plaster crania, that date to between 7000 and 6000 BCE, during excavations in 1953 at a site now in Palestine. The crania became known as the skulls of Jericho. “Skull” is a misnomer because the mandible is missing. Currently, one of the decorated crania is displayed at the British Museum.
The plaster on the crania at the British Museum covers the base and upper jaw and ends at the eye orbits and bones of the temple (temporal and sphenoid bones). The lips and remaining ear are reconstructed with plaster and the eye orbits are inlaid with shells. There is a circular piece of bone missing from the back of the skull.
Since plaster covers the bones of the skull that physical anthropologists use to learn about who the person was (i.e. sex, age, and ancestry), researchers at the British Museum decided to examine the cranium using x-rays and CT scans.
The CT scans showed that the skull belonged to an adult who was likely male. When researchers looked at the bones of the upper jaw, they found broken and missing teeth, tooth decay, and evidence of abscesses. They also discovered evidence of artificial cranial deformation. Researchers observed a “slight dip in the surface running over the top of the head from ear to ear which suggested that something like this had been carried out (Fletcher 2014).”
The CT scans also revealed the techniques the people of Neolithic Jericho used to prepare this skull. A round piece of bone was cut out of the back of the cranium and soil was placed inside to support the weight of the plaster on the surface of the bones. A ball of fine clay was used to seal the hole and the round piece of bone may have been put back on the cranium after it was filled, but has since been lost.
Though most of the plaster skulls unearthed have been male, archaeologists have also found ancient reconstructed crania belonging to women and children. This mortuary practice has been linked to ancestor worship and may have been a way to establish land rights.
Spotted via @DrKillgrove on Twitter.
Image Credit for Top and Bottom Photo: British Museum
teeth of an adult male. Notice the maxiloavleolar laminae of maxila and mandible and the tooth wear of incisiors
Differences between male and female skulls.
Some of this stuff overlaps into ancestry as well but it’s a good quick guide
In GENERAL, males have more pronounced, robust cranial features. It is important to remember that there is a lot of overlap in reality, and many skulls are ambiguous or have a percentage of uncertainty!
A grave containing at least 400 people has been unearthed in the Bolivian city of Potosi, with the remains thought to be those of colonial-era miners.
The grave was found by workers carrying out excavations for the construction of a new building.
The mine at Potosi became the world’s biggest after silver was discovered there by the Spanish in 1545.
African and indigenous slaves worked the mines - it is estimated as many as eight million may have died.
Read more at BBC News
I don’t know who designed the shirt for my college Anthropology club but they sure know how to make nerds feel at home. Anyone want to get sorted into their proper Anthro house?
ARCHAEOLOGY. (and biological anth…I mean I *am* a bioarch….)