Tag: Mortuary

Is It Ever OK to Publish Photographs of Human Remains?

Chip Colwell , March 11th, 2020

[no-caption] Jonas Androx/Pexels Ask SAPIENS is a series that offers a glimpse into the magazine’s inner workings. Death is an experience that binds all of humanity. Everyone dies….


Digging up the Dead

Joanna Pearce , November 1st, 2019

The Slavia Field School in Mortuary Archaeology in Drawsko, Poland, unearthed a 400-year-old cemetery. Joanna Pearce Excavating a 17th-century cemetery in the small town of Drawsko, Polan…


How to Care for the Dead

Daniel Salas , November 20th, 2018

Scientists have thought about burial—the act of interring a dead body—as a distinctly human behavior. So what happened when a group of paleoanthropologists discovered a primitive hominid that…


The Myth of Racial Purity in Roman Britain

Rebecca Redfern , July 12th, 2018

This model at the Museum of London depicts the first bridge over the River Thames, which was built by the Romans in the first century. Steven G. Johnson/Wikimedia…


The Weird, Wild World of Mortuary Customs

Stephen E. Nash , March 8th, 2018

A couple of months ago, I attended the funeral of a friend. Howard was almost 90 years old when he died, and not only did he live longer…


Why This Paleolithic Burial Site Is So Strange (and So Important)

Lea Surugue , February 22nd, 2018

Ivory beads and ochre—affixed to the pelvic bones of a child—likely decorated the burial clothing of this 10-year-old interred at Sunghir some 34,000 years ago. E. Trinkaus/Trinkaus and…


The Darkest Truths

Daniel Salas , February 4th, 2016

In 2007, Caroline Sturdy Colls—then a 21-year-old University of Birmingham graduate student—made her first visit to the Nazi death camp at Treblinka, Poland. As a prospective forensic-archaeology scho…