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The York Archaeological Trust for Research and Excavation has now made the Driffield Terrace osteological report available on their website. Current research into bite marks on one of the Roman skeletons is investigating whether they were gladiators.

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Lecture: BABAO Conference 2013

The department of archaeology at the University of York will be hosting the 2013 BABAO conference from the 13th to the 15th of September 2013.

The BABAO 213 conference will be hosted by the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, at the Barrick Saul Building
Session themes are:
Constructing Identities: Ethnicity and Migration
Keynote speaker: Jim Walvin, Department of History, University of York
Through recent advances in biomolecular analyses, geomorphometrics and DNA analysis, ethnicity, migration and population movement in the archaeological past are now more easily detectable. We hope that this session can include a wide variety of papers on the subjects of ethnicity and migration from osteological, historical, archaeological or other backgrounds.
Treatment of the Body: Understanding and Portrayals
Keynote speaker: Jelena Bekvalac, Centre for Human Bioarchaeology, Museum of London
Following on from last year's session on Life after Death, this session will explore different approaches to mortuary treatment, and how we can communicate and portray alternative funerary practices to audiences beyond the disciplines of biological anthropology and osteoarchaeology. As professionals and researchers working in this field it becomes easy to accept the variety of treatments that bodies have been subjected to from prehistory to the present day. However, the presiding public attitude towards death and burial in our society tends to focus on keeping the body complete and intact in order to enable respectful mortuary treatment. This session therefore invites presentations which explore the variety of treatments that the body can be subject to after death, alongside papers which address how we can communicate this diversity of post-mortem treatment to a public audience.
Investigating Lifeways: Diets, Disease and Occupations
Keynote speaker: Ian Barnes, School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway
This session will focus on what can be learned about how people lived in the past from their skeletal remains. Through a range of historical, osteological and biomolecular methods and techniques it is now possible to investigate many aspects of everyday life - such as diet, occupation and living conditions, as well as various medical conditions people may have suffered from - and how these different factors may have evolved over time. Papers for this session should focus on, but are not necessarily restricted to, topics such as those mentioned here, which highlight how we can reconstruct life from the dead, and investigate large scale processes on both a population and individual level.
Open Session
Keynote speaker: Paul O Higgins, Hull-York Medical School
This session welcomes papers on any subject related to biological anthropology, osteoarchaeology, palaeopathology or bioarchaeology that do not fall within the above themes.
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