Author Archives: JB

Wolff’s Law

Ever heard the expression “use it or lose it”? That pithy phrase encapsulates Wolff’s law, an anatomical rule that describes how bone grows and changes over time. The law was developed by German surgeon Julius Wolff, whose name you will now always remember … Continue reading

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Bone Broke Year in Review 2016

As 2016 vanishes into the aether like a monitor lizard slipping into the waters of Lumpini Park, it is time to reflect on the last year at Bone Broke. A picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll just leave … Continue reading

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Pop Culture Archaeology: Suicide Squad

This past weekend I found myself on the world’s longest flight – 15 hours and 10 minutes from New York to Taipei. It’s a staggering amount of time to sit in one place, and for me it was part of a longer 32 … Continue reading

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Archaeological fieldwork in Romania

In mid-October I had one of those hellish trans-Atlantic journeys that are the stuff of nightmares. I left for the Pittsburgh airport at 230 am, flew to Chicago, spent 9 hours in O’Hare, flew to Dublin, booked it through the … Continue reading

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Recent Publications

As an academic, one of my favorite moments is when I receive proofs for a new article – it’s a feeling up there with freshly laundered sheets, cookies warm from the oven, and waking up to the smell of frying bacon. That’s why I … Continue reading

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Bone Quiz 21

Every human osteologist reaches a point in their life when they are forced to make a foray into zooarchaeology. My most recent brush with the world of skeletal fauna took place over the summer, when I spent a week visiting one of my friends … Continue reading

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Dirt & Words: A Video Journal of Public Scholarship of the Past

I’m taking a minute this week to plug a neat campaign that one of my friends is putting together. Archaeologist Dr. Emily Holt, currently at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, is crowdfunding a peer-reviewed video journal called Dirt & … Continue reading

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