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A Surprise at Apple Down Cemetery January 2, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
A Surprise at Apple Down Cemetery

There is a cute game that academics play where the more exciting the results of your research the more boring your abstract must be. Take the following tedious example from the 2011 American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Read through the miasma of low-key, lead on sentences and consider what an extraordinary discovery has allegedly been […]

Cannibalism and Syphilis December 16, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
Cannibalism and Syphilis

Syphilis (unless, of course, you have the misfortune to be a sufferer) is one of the most interesting of illnesses. Historians still, for example, argue about whether it crossed from Europe to the Americas or whether, on the contrary, it was a gift from the New to the Old World: the balance of opinion seems […]