I'm a PhD student researching the role of mortuary archaeology in contemporary British society. Think of this as a scrapbook of all the interesting links, snippets of information and random bits and bobs I come across pertaining to death, dying and the dead. Enjoy?!


The thought-provoking ‘tooth fairy palace’
In the chilly studio of  Liverpool-based artist Gina Czarnecki, a fantasy palace has taken shape.
It is a riot of towers and tendrils, resembling something out of Harry Potter  or Lord of the Rings.
It has been christened the Tooth Fairy Palace, but like many fairy tales, all  is not as it seems as it has been designed to raise awareness about stem cell  research and its implications.
The palace will gradually become encrusted with real teeth - the teeth of  children.

Amazing! Click the photo to read the rest of the article.

The thought-provoking ‘tooth fairy palace’
In the chilly studio of  Liverpool-based artist Gina Czarnecki, a fantasy palace has taken shape.
It is a riot of towers and tendrils, resembling something out of Harry Potter  or Lord of the Rings.
It has been christened the Tooth Fairy Palace, but like many fairy tales, all  is not as it seems as it has been designed to raise awareness about stem cell  research and its implications.
The palace will gradually become encrusted with real teeth - the teeth of  children.

Amazing! Click the photo to read the rest of the article.

The thought-provoking ‘tooth fairy palace’

In the chilly studio of Liverpool-based artist Gina Czarnecki, a fantasy palace has taken shape.

It is a riot of towers and tendrils, resembling something out of Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings.

It has been christened the Tooth Fairy Palace, but like many fairy tales, all is not as it seems as it has been designed to raise awareness about stem cell research and its implications.

The palace will gradually become encrusted with real teeth - the teeth of children.

Amazing! Click the photo to read the rest of the article.


Mass Grave of Children and Llamas Found in Dune
Seen earlier this month, archaeologist Oscar Gabriel Prieto kneels by the 800-year-old skeleton of a child recently unearthed near a fishing village in Peru. The skeleton was among the bones of 42 children discovered in a shallow grave on a sand dune near the town of Huanchaquito.
Alongside the children were 76 skeletons of camelids—most likely llamas but possibly alpacas—perhaps intended to transport the victims to the afterlife, researchers say.
Prieto’s team suspects the children were killed as part of a religious ceremony by the Chimú culture. Famed for irrigation advances, the Chimú occupied the northern and central coasts of Peru from about A.D. 1100 to 1500, when the culture was conquered by its neighbors, the Inca.
The newfound mass grave is just over half a mile (a kilometer) from the ancient Chimú capital of Chan Chan.
"That’s what makes this so interesting. Up to this point, all the Chimú ritual sacrifices and ceremonies in this area were made within Chan Chan," said Prieto, an archeology graduate student at Yale University.
"Now it’s clear that they were using the landscape" in their rituals as well. The team thinks the children and animals may have been sacrificed as part of a fertility ritual associated with the ocean.
"In the north coast of Peru, the ocean is very closely tied to agriculture," Prieto said, "because the temperature of the water can determine whether there will be rain or not."
(Also see “Ancient Tomb Found in Mexico Reveals Mass Child Sacrifice.”)

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Mass Grave of Children and Llamas Found in Dune
Seen earlier this month, archaeologist Oscar Gabriel Prieto kneels by the 800-year-old skeleton of a child recently unearthed near a fishing village in Peru. The skeleton was among the bones of 42 children discovered in a shallow grave on a sand dune near the town of Huanchaquito.
Alongside the children were 76 skeletons of camelids—most likely llamas but possibly alpacas—perhaps intended to transport the victims to the afterlife, researchers say.
Prieto’s team suspects the children were killed as part of a religious ceremony by the Chimú culture. Famed for irrigation advances, the Chimú occupied the northern and central coasts of Peru from about A.D. 1100 to 1500, when the culture was conquered by its neighbors, the Inca.
The newfound mass grave is just over half a mile (a kilometer) from the ancient Chimú capital of Chan Chan.
"That’s what makes this so interesting. Up to this point, all the Chimú ritual sacrifices and ceremonies in this area were made within Chan Chan," said Prieto, an archeology graduate student at Yale University.
"Now it’s clear that they were using the landscape" in their rituals as well. The team thinks the children and animals may have been sacrificed as part of a fertility ritual associated with the ocean.
"In the north coast of Peru, the ocean is very closely tied to agriculture," Prieto said, "because the temperature of the water can determine whether there will be rain or not."
(Also see “Ancient Tomb Found in Mexico Reveals Mass Child Sacrifice.”)

Click through to see more incredible images…

Mass Grave of Children and Llamas Found in Dune

Seen earlier this month, archaeologist Oscar Gabriel Prieto kneels by the 800-year-old skeleton of a child recently unearthed near a fishing village in Peru. The skeleton was among the bones of 42 children discovered in a shallow grave on a sand dune near the town of Huanchaquito.

Alongside the children were 76 skeletons of camelids—most likely llamas but possibly alpacas—perhaps intended to transport the victims to the afterlife, researchers say.

Prieto’s team suspects the children were killed as part of a religious ceremony by the Chimú culture. Famed for irrigation advances, the Chimú occupied the northern and central coasts of Peru from about A.D. 1100 to 1500, when the culture was conquered by its neighbors, the Inca.

The newfound mass grave is just over half a mile (a kilometer) from the ancient Chimú capital of Chan Chan.

"That’s what makes this so interesting. Up to this point, all the Chimú ritual sacrifices and ceremonies in this area were made within Chan Chan," said Prieto, an archeology graduate student at Yale University.

"Now it’s clear that they were using the landscape" in their rituals as well. The team thinks the children and animals may have been sacrificed as part of a fertility ritual associated with the ocean.

"In the north coast of Peru, the ocean is very closely tied to agriculture," Prieto said, "because the temperature of the water can determine whether there will be rain or not."

(Also see “Ancient Tomb Found in Mexico Reveals Mass Child Sacrifice.”)

Click through to see more incredible images…

Remains of Ancient Human Sacrifices Unearthed in Peru (PHOTOS)

archaeologicalnews:

Archaeologists have unearthed remains of 42 children and 74 llamas and related animals that were sacrificed some 800 years ago in the fishing town of Huanchaquito, Peru.

The remains were from a massive sacrifice that formed part of a religious ceremony of the pre-Inca Chimu culture for the fertility of the ocean and the land, Reuters reported.

Oscar Gabriel Prieto, chief archaeologist on the dig, said the findings represent the largest discovery of sacrifices from the Chimu culture.

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