Tag: archaeoentomology

Long-Dead Bishop's Coffin is Full of Coffin Beetles

By Veronique Greenwood | July 31, 2012 3:55 pm

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Archaeoentomology is a strange little corner of archaeology. Its practitioners search for signs of ancient bug life—fossilized eggs, old fly pupae, the like—in dig sites to tell, for instance, whether a body lay exposed before burial. One area they’d really like to know more about is what moves into coffins with bodies once they’ve, ah, started to go to earth. The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out, the worms play pinochle on your snout, to be sure, but which worms?

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