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Digs & Discoveries May/June 2017

(Courtesy Cambridge Archaeological Unit)

Archaeologists from the Cambridge Archaeological Unit have uncovered an Augustinian friary that occupied what is now Cambridge University property from the 1280s to 1538. In addition to buildings and artifacts, they have discovered nearly 40 burials. These will be analyzed as part of an ongoing project that compares human remains from throughout the city, including around 400 skeletons found at Cambridge’s Hospital of St. John in 2010. It will be interesting, site director Craig Cessford says, “to know if the friars had different diets or origins, were healthier, or lived longer than the rest of the Cambridge population.”

  • Artifacts May/June 2017

    Maya Jade Pectoral

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    (Courtesy Toledo Regional Archaeological Project, UCSD)
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    (Courtesy Casey L. Olson and Oren Gutfeld)
  • Features May/June 2017

    The Blackener’s Cave

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    (Photo: Samir S. Patel)