Sri Lankan family finds mass grave in garden
At least nine bodies found, as the UN considers censuring the Sri Lankan government over possible war crimes.
A Sri Lankan family has stumbled upon the remains of at least nine bodies buried in the garden of their home, police reported, the latest mass grave to be discovered in the country’s former war zone.
The family made the grisly find on Friday while clearing out their garden in the town of Puthukkudiyiruppu in the northern district of Mullaittivu, police spokesman Ajith Rohana said on Saturday.
"Remains of nine people had been found so far and the skeletal remains were taken for analysis by the judicial medical officer in the area," Rohana told reporters.
The discovery comes just days after officials raised the number of bodies found in December in an unmarked mass grave in the adjoining district of Mannar to 80.
It was the first grave uncovered in the ex-war zone since troops defeated Tamil rebels nearly five years ago following a decades-long conflict for a separate homeland for ethnic minority Tamils.
The final battles between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels were fought in the Mullaittivu district, which was a stronghold of the separatist fighters for over two decades.
The United Nations estimates the war between 1972 and 2009 in Sri Lanka claimed at least 100,000 lives.
Source: Al Jazeera
Maya Stela H, Copán.
Gender studies in ancient Maya culture and art often address the question of sexual identity.
Costume, which is gender distinctive among the modern Maya, has been a focus of attention and is usually assumed to be either masculine or feminine in archaeological contexts.
Masculine attire is generally represented as a hip cloth or loincloth, sometimes coupled with a short skirt. Feminine costume is typically a skirt worn to below the knee, sometimes accompanied by a long tunic-like huipil.
Occasionally in Maya art, the relationship between sexual identity and gender-marked costume is problematic when attempting to interpret the subject matter.
Stela H is an example of this. In an early account of the stela, Alfred P. Maudslay identified the skirted figure shown as a woman (1889-1902, 5:50). Subsequent work and the recovery of the inscriptions has determined that this monument actually represents Waxaklajuun Ub’aah K’awiil (18 Rabbit), the male ruler of Copán.
So why is he shown wearing the long skirt typical of women? One interpretation is that male rulers donned such “female” costumes for bloodletting ceremonies (Schele 1979). As argued by Andrea Stone (1988, 1991), such gender crossing is suggested in other aspects of Maya ceremonies.
Photo taken by Christine and John Fournier. Quoted segments from Traci Ardren’s Ancient Maya Women (2002).
So yes, Members’ Nights were super fun. The annoying part, however, was having to explain to two people that the mummy does not have tuberculosis. ”But I showed this to three physicians and they all said it was!!!!” No. That’s Schmorl’s nodes.
Tuberculosis can spread to the bones, particularly the thoracic vertebrae. It attacks the ventral aspect of the vertebral bodies, making them collapse and form a hunchback as in Pott’s disease.
Schmorl’s nodes are dents in the center of vertebral bodies, likely resulting from repetitive trauma. The mummy I was showing off had these in her lower spine, with no vertebral collapse.
I would argue that these physicians thought it was TB simply because they don’t know about Schmorl’s nodes. I believe they’re largely asymptomatic, so it’s unlikely doctors would come across them if no one complains about them.
It really annoyed the piss out of me that this was called TB in the original exhibit, and by the docent. But the important thing is that my boss agrees with me.
Dances of Life (Maori excerpt)-
"My people, the Maori, arrived by canoe in the islands of Aotearoa, or New Zealand, just 1,200 years ago. Dance is part of our everyday life. It’s our way of carrying our culture into the future.”
The Haka (plural is the same as singular: haka) is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge from the Māori people ofNew Zealand. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment. The New Zealand rugby team’s practice of performing a haka before their matches has made the dance more widely known around the world.
- Always post the rules.
- Answer the 11 questions from the person who tagged you.
- Write 11 new ones.
- Tag 11 people.
- Actually tell them you tagged them.
1. What was the last thing you toasted to?
Getting into a PhD program. :)
2. What was the best compliment you ever received?
Ever?? Well more recently I guess it was someone I admire saying my MA thesis project is great.
3. What was the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? How was it?
Cuy, aka guinea pig. Basically tasted what you think rodent would taste like :P
4. What would be the background song of your life?
“The Final Countdown” because I always have a deadline.
5. Someone is being unfair and an total ass to you. How do you respond?
I’m rude right back to them! Unless it’s a supervisor… then I just take the abuse D:
6. What’s the best present you’ve ever received?
Any money my Dad gives me to use for traveling expenses.
7. If you could have any pet (besides the whole ethical, safety, and practical aspect), what would it be?
PYGMY MARMOSET! *dies from the cuteness*
8. What time period aesthetic do you like most?
I would enjoy seeing around the 1000s.
9. If you can solve only one problem in the world, what would it be?
Mmm, providing clean water to everyone, but a lot of amazing people have almost reached that solution already!
10. How would you take down the world?
With my smile :D haha… shhh
11. Would you want to live on Mars?
Maybe vacation.. not live.
1. If you have siblings, where are you in birth order?
I have an older sister.
2. What do (did) your parents do for a living?
My mother was a genetics social worker at Columbia University and my father is a professor of cognitive therapy and technology studies, also at Columbia.
3. Have a recurring dream you’d like to share?
Most recently… school rejections haha.
4. What’s your favorite piece of clothing?
Sweatpants! I LOVE MY SWEATPANTS SO MUCH. (No… I don’t wear them in public… *sigh*)
5. What career would you choose if you weren’t in the one you’re in now?
That’s tough… everything I am interested in is quite related to my field. Maybe punk/metal music manager or something…
6. What’s your least favorite animal?
Possums… squealing/screaming devils.
7. Are you missing any teeth?
If you count my lower 3rd molars not coming in.. then yes.
8. What’s your favorite possession?
I would have a lot of difficulty living without my laptop.
9. Do you like kids?
At times…. but I am definitely a very awkward adult around them.
10. What’s your favorite place to get away and unwind?
Haha…. my room.
11. Where did you grow up?
1. What kind of shoes do you wear? 2. What is your favorite music genre? 3. How did you get into the field you work in? 4. Do you like coffee? 5. What book are you currently reading? 6. Where do you see yourself in two years? (job interview time!) 7. What is your favorite current news website/source? 8. What is at the top of your “must visit” list? 9. What is your favorite TV show? 10. What was your least favorite job? 11. Are you a breakfast person?
The last two nights were Members’ Night at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago! Here I am demonstrating the virtual unwrapping of a mummy from Ptolemaic Egypt. I also got to see Emily Grasile (@thebrainscoop) chatting about a two-faced calf skull, scoped out the dissection of a mountain lion, badger, and beaver, saw the dermestid beetles going to town on bird carcasses, and petted some stuffed birds. Every corner of the museum was open. I’m exhausted but I can’t wait for the next one!