Human remains in the news: Forensic anthropology, archaeology, and some strange stuff

Bones of 900 year old murder victim unearthed in Scotland.  Photo credit: DailyMail

Bones of 900 year old murder victim unearthed in Scotland. Photo credit: DailyMail

Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Science

The busiest morgue on the border Vocativ (via @BessLovejoy on Twitter)

The Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office lies about an hour north of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson sector, a 262-mile stretch of border that is consistently the deadliest in the country for migrants trying to enter the U.S. illegally. An average of 176 migrants die in that area every year, mostly from dehydration or hypothermia. Smugglers divert migrants into increasingly remote parts of the desert—some say as a result of enhanced border security in the more populated areas of Arizona.  Read more at Vocativ

Oakland scientist asked to help nun become a saint  SF Gate

Oakland scientist Cassandra Calloway has made DNA-sequencing technology that’s been used to solve murders and identify the remains of Eastern European war victims.  Now she’s been called on to help a long-deceased Catholic nun reach sainthood.  Read more at SF Gate


Mystery of the medieval murder: Forensic tests on 900-year-old skeleton reveals he was stabbed in the back with a dagger DailyMail

Archaeologists are investigating the discovery of a murder victim who was stabbed to death – almost a thousand years ago.

The skeleton of a young man found at the site of the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick, East Lothian, is believed to date back to the 12th or 13th century.  Read more at DailyMail

Archaeologists find Aztec burial site for dogs underneath Mexico City apartment CTV News

Archaeologists on Friday announced the discovery of “an exceptional” ancient burial site under an apartment building in Mexico City containing the remains of 12 dogs, animals that had a major religious and symbolic significance to the Aztec peoples of central Mexico.  Read more at CTV News

Calm down, the Paracas skulls are not from alien beings.  Peru This Week

I saw this story floating around in the paranormal blogosphere for a few days before I decided to report on it. I ignored it, frankly, until it was picked up by Yahoo! and the International Business Times, as well as a few smaller news sources around the world. So I wrote a short article, mostly because it was a silly story that was fun to write about after a morning of writing about human trafficking and illegal gold mining.  Read more at Peru This Week

Twenty skeletons appear in ‘macabre’ Malmö find

The human remains, which include both adults and children, were discovered last week beneath the pavement along Djäknegatan in Malmö’s old town, as workers installed a district heating system.  Read more at


A ghost heart? TED Blog (via @jaivirdi on Twitter)

44-year-old fetus: 84 y/o woman’s stomach pain due to fetus

Forensic Scientists Create The Face Of Crystal Skull Vodka Neat-o-rama

2 Human Heads and “So Many Cell Phones” Seized from Nigerian Restaurant Gawker


On Friday March 7th at 8pm, Librarian Megan Rosenbloom (@LibraryatNight), will speak at Machine Project: “A Thesaurus of Horrors: A History of the Fear of Premature Burial”  Its Free!

Friday 28th March – Thursday 10th April 2014 Encountering Corpses Art Exhibition at Manchester Metropolitan University 

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