Friday, September 23, 2011

4th Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival

Let's catch up on the last couple weeks of Roman bioarchaeology news, shall we?

September 12 - via Sofia Echo and Novinite.  Bulgarian archaeologists announced the discovery of a Roman-period (1st-2nd c AD) tomb in Thrace (modern-day Borissovo).  The tomb had been looted at some point in the past, but numerous artifacts were still recovered, including a portable table, a unique drinking vessel, a cup to collect the tears of the mourners, and a burial chariot. 

The chariot, partly destroyed by tomb robbers, is decorated with eagles whose wings terminate in dragon heads.  There were also remains of an altar strewn with various animal bones and broken pottery.  There is no mention of any human remains, but if cremation was the norm in this place (and likely was the norm for high-status people in the early Imperial period), they might be found within a vessel or might not be recovered at all.  Unfortunately, no pictures seem to be published yet of this remarkable find apart from one of the eagle heads from the chariot.

By Kristina Killgrove

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