Being referenced

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If there is one thing that really makes my day it is when I pick up a book to find not only am I referenced in it, but my drawing from the field has been used as an illustration! Newly published “A Fine and Private Place” by Annia Cherryson, Zoe Crossland and Sarah Tarlow of Leicester University (my old undergraduate uni) is that book which had the effect. Not to blow my own trumpet (yes I am shamelessly), but page 67 contains my burial (I dug it, and therefore claim all rights) from a lovely site called Hemmingford Grey. I remember it particularly because the individual had scoliosis. You can see the curved spine clearly on the image. It is included in the book not for the amazing pathology, but the coffin fittings. It was an early Quaker cemetery, completely unknown until the environment agency wanted to put in a flood defence. When we checked the documentary sources and the local parish church record (despite them being dissenters) had recorded the burials. It meant we could closely date the cemetery 1680-1720. Very early given that the Act of Toleration was only 1689. The inference then for the coffin fittings was the types could be used to date other unknown date burials with the same fittings.

The same small cemetery or burial ground had an individual with both feet amputated at the ankle (bilateral distal tibula and fibula amputation). This again is extremely unusual and the individual had clearly lived with the absence for some time as the lower limbs were much atrophied. It just goes to show that even the smallest assemblage (16) can be very informative.

 

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I’m an Osteoarchaeologist and mum to 3 young girls. Archaeology is my passion and my life. I have a wonderful partner, Steve Leech, who works as a project officer in commercial field archaeology. When we get a spare minute, you’ll find us all down the allotment growing veggies.