Archaeologists – ruining group costumes since 502BCE.
This joke is quite niche and although it was originally aimed at osteoarchaeologists, I want everyone to be able to enjoy it. With that in mind, here are a few links that should provide some context behind the joke:
The above two links are quite recent – in the last week – and were clearly rattling around in my brain, resulting in this comic. There haven’t been any recent zombie burials excavated (at least not that I am aware of), but they have been in the news in the past:
If you are interested in this topic, there are lots of other news stories on similar burials from many different countries (the majority of which are medieval, although there are others). However, I recommend that you read some of the related blogposts by Dr Kristina Killgrove and Katy Meyers Emery, who both do an excellent job at talking about the archaeology and interpretation of these types of ‘deviant’ burials.
Deviant Burials in Early Medieval Ireland (re: the zombies above) by Katy Meyers Emery
Can We Excavate Witches? (re: witches in general) by Katy Meyers Emery
Archaeology of Vampires – Part I (re: vampires in general) by Katy Meyers Emery
Archaeology of Vampires – Part II (re: vampires in general) by Kay Meyers Emery
Archaeology of the Undead (re: zombies above) by Kristina Killgrove
Which Girl? Witch Girl! (re: the witch above) by Kristina Killgrove
Who Needs An Osteologist (Installment 18) (re: the vampires above) by Kristina Killgrove
The Vampire of Venice Returns (re: vampires in general) by Kristina Killgrove
Witches and Prostitues in Medieval Tuscany (re: witches in general) by Kristina Killgrove
See? Comics… fun SLASH educational!