Category Archives: Bioarchaeology

SAA 2017 – Manipulated Bodies: Investigating Postmortem Interactions with Human Remains

I’m currently in Vancouver, spending a few extra days in the city after attending the 2017 Society for American Archaeology meetings. At the moment I’ve been waylaid by a merciless head cold, but you don’t have to be at the … Continue reading

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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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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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AAPAs – Atlanta 2016

[TL;DR version of post: I’m presenting a poster on some of my collaborative Iberian research at the AAPAs tomorrow. Session 31 (Skeletal Biology: Bioarchaeology), docket 19, Atrium Ballroom A/B. I’ll be there from 4:00-4:45 – come say hi!] Another day, … Continue reading

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Minding the gaps: A methodological approach to inter-individual variability in skeletal completion

Four and a half years ago, in summer 2011, I took the Kampsville Bioarchaeology and Human Osteology lab course through ASU. The class is an intensive osteological bootcamp, and though I’d previously taken an introductory osteology course at Michigan, the immersive … Continue reading

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Bioarchaeology Outreach Activities

A few weeks ago the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History hosted Archaeology Day, a biannual event during which local middle school classes visit the museum and participate in different activity stations scattered throughout the building. This year, Abagail Breidenstein … Continue reading

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Part of the Family: Age, Identity and Burial in Copper Age Iberia

I don’t spend a vast amount of time on the blog talking about my own bioarchaeological research in Iberia, in part because it already consumes so much of the rest of my life, and in part because it is rarely an … Continue reading

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