Eurasia’s oldest balls suggest warriors worked out

Three leather balls from a cemetery in China are the oldest known yet from Eurasia. They indicate warriors on horseback worked to keep fit.

U. Zurich • futurity
Oct. 15, 2020 ~5 min

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When someone dies, what happens to the body?

A funeral director explains how the bodies of the deceased are prepared for burial or cremation in the United States.

Mark Evely, Program Director and Assistant Professor of Mortuary Science, Wayne State University • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~8 min

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Method may solve mysteries of ancient human ashes in urns

A new tracing method could fill in historical gaps by getting information from cremated human remains in buried urns.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
July 17, 2020 ~5 min

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Noblewoman really wanted to play donkey polo in the afterlife

Animal bones in a tomb provide the first physical evidence of donkey polo in Imperial China, researchers report.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
March 19, 2020 ~4 min

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Website tracks China’s huge grave relocation effort

In what may be the largest grave relocation in human history so far, China has exhumed more than 10 million corpses. An interactive website shows where.

Alex Shashkevich-Stanford • futurity
June 10, 2019 ~1 min

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