First Review for Built on Bones!

So, I spent this week doing a lot of things. One of my favorites was freaking about my photoshopped proximity to lifetime hero author Neil ...

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

This past weekend brought a really exciting outreach opportunity through a host of collaborating institutions down at LAARC (the London archaeological archive research centre. or something along those lines). The Thames Discovery Project hosted a one-day seminar on the archaeology of human remains from the Thames foreshore, in conjunction with just about everyone involved with bones in the whole of London: Museum of London provided materials and their expert personnel from both the commercial Museum of London Archaeology (MoLa) and the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology, English Heritage staff, stalwarts from Birkbeck and local digs, and of course myself, as a bit of a UCL / Birkbeck twofer.

You can check out the TDP's take on the day here, but I can safely say it seemed like a pretty good day. Lots of participation, lots of hands-on experience for the attendees, and a ton of questions for the experts--at least no one seemed bored! We heard about bodies on the foreshore, the many different faces of London and, of course, a few things about death, disease, and demography.

Well, here we go...

This little narrative journey comes after  quite a bit of thinking about blogs, archaeology, and the professional repercussions (and benefits!) of diving headlong into new media.  The first question I had, of course is 'why'-- why throw yourself out there? What should you talk about?  And does anyone even listen?  Slowly, I've seen a couple different answers emerge. A lot of my time is spent flicking through other people's interweb offerings -- colleagues, friends, and even organizations are now all  multimedia presences in my life. I've been looking at the excellent Middle Savegery for a while, as well as more targeted single-project blogs and websites like L-P Archaeology's Prescott Street dig site and the Thames Discovery site.  For me personally, the 'blog' format offers a chance for unfinished ideas to live a little,  and a chance for the little projects that crop up from time to get their time in the sun. This blog is for the bits of my archaeological life that need a little bit of air...

Trivia (personal)

archaeologist. dental anthropologist. yes, that's a real thing. Author of Built on Bones, available in February 2017 (UK), May 2017 (USA) from Bloomsbury.



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