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Analysis of animal teeth suggests Neolithic cattle grazed at home and away

An international team of researchers has shown in unprecedented detail that prehistoric farmers took their animals away from permanent settlements to graze in more fertile areas – probably because of high demand for land locally. Analysis of strontium isotopes in teeth of Neolithic cattle suggests that early Europeans used specialised strategies to manage herding, according to a study by the …

New archaeological evidence throws light on efforts to resist ‘the living dead’

A new scientific study of medieval human bones, excavated from a deserted English village, suggests the corpses they came from were burnt and mutilated.  Researchers from the University of Southampton and Historic England believe this was carried out by villagers who believed that it would stop the corpses arising from their graves and menacing the living. The team found that …

Bioarchaeology & Osteoarchaeology @ Southampton

To celebrate the start of a new academic year here at Southampton, we have launched a new website to showcase some of our bioarchaeology, palaeopathology and osteology research. This launch is happening that very same week that aspects of our collaborative research with Historic England and Bioengineering (here at Southampton) are being talked about at the European Union in Brussels! But why are we called BOS? Bioarchaeology & Osteoarchaeology at Southampton - but that much is obvious... Continue reading →

Are YOU ready? Life after A levels…

Are you ready to join us? Did you get your place with us? We're really looking to seeing you soon!  If you got your A-level grades, we're really pleased that you're going to be joining us in September. Let's hope that it is with better weather than today! If you didn't get the A level results you wanted, don't panic! Archaeology still has a few places for suitable candidates. Continue reading →