17 May 2016




Not a day for archaeology today. A warm spring day for visiting the hospital, for advice about living with a chronic pain condition. Not seasonal all really. But it made me think about archaeology all the same. The soft tissues which are the cause of my pain won’t appear in the archaeological record.

How can we see pain in archaeology, beyond the disfigurements of bone conditions, syphillis, TB or any of the handful of other diseases of the flesh well know to osteo-archaeologists? Did the arrival of spring lighten the load of ancestral arthritic knees, or aching backs, throbbing with damp and cold through the winter? Sunshine makes pain more bearable after all.


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