Monthly Archives: July 2014

What’s In a Word: Etymology of ‘Quisling’

The second article in the What’s In a Word Linguistic Anthropology series is the word ‘quisling’. I heard the word being used during White Collar, where the character “Moz” went on a minor rant about Judases and betrayer and he … Continue reading

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What’s In a Word: Etymology of ‘Hungry’

“A hungry man is not a free man.” ~ Adlai Stevenson, speech at Hartford, Conneticut Sometimes I get random bouts of inspiration at the oddest of moments. Such as earlier today, I began thinking about how hungry I was and … Continue reading

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Horrible History: Earliest Case of Down Syndrome Found in Medieval Cemetery

The earliest probable case of Down syndrome in the archaeological record comes from a 5- to 7-year-old child who lived in medieval France some 1,500 years ago, new research shows. The child, who is also the youngest example of the … Continue reading

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Horrible History: Medieval Italian Skeleton Reveals Livestock Disease

A sip of unpasteurized sheep or goat’s milk may have spelled doom for a medieval Italian man. A new genetic analysis of bony nodules found in a 700-year-old skeleton from Italy reveal that the man had brucellosis, a bacterial infection … Continue reading

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Horrible History: Carving Defaced by King Tut’s Possible Father Found

A newly discovered Egyptian carving, which dates back more than 3,300 years, bears the scars of a religious revolution that upended the ancient civilization. The panel, carved in Nubian Sandstone, was found recently in a tomb at the site of … Continue reading

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Horrible History: Neanderthal Cannibals

The bones of twelve neanderthals found in a cave in Spain were cut and snapped, indicating that they were likely ‘processed’ by fellow neanderthals as food. The possible family group, which included three adult males, three adult females, three adolescents, … Continue reading

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Mummy Series: The Screaming Mummies

ht Imagine opening a sarcophagus to find a mummy that seems to be screaming for all eternity. In the past, when ‘screaming mummies‘ were discovered, archaeologists assumed that they must have been buried alive or killed in some other painful … Continue reading

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