Reflection on the remains of the past as a way of emphasising the transience of life was such a common theme in Old English literature that they had a special word for this motif: Dustsceawung, 'contemplation of the dust.'

I blog history things. I am particularly interested in medieval history and the history of science and medicine, as well as osteoarchaeology and palaeopathology. So you will probably see a lot of those topics here. My ask is always open for questions, suggestions, requests, or anything else you feel compelled to say.

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Penn Museum Collections Database

A while back, I posted a whole bunch of stuff from the University of Pennsylvania’s incredible Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, including a Chinese lion statue, a mummified crocodile, and a jade burial mask. And now they have a lovely online catalogue where you can take a closer look at the objects in their collections. Check it out!

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    Check out some of the objects I’ve worked on!
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