Category Archives: Bioarchaeology

A Day of Archaeology on the MARBAL 2017 Project

Disclaimer: This post is a time-stamped “day in the life” of MARBAL co-director Jess Beck, and is brought to you by approximately 17 cups of coffee. It was written as part of the “Day of Archaeology” project on July 28, … Continue reading

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New Blog: Mortuary Archaeology of the Râmeț Bronze Age Landscape

In my last post, I promised an update regarding my latest bioarchaeological endeavours. The twist is that the update won’t come on this blog. As you may recall, I spent about ten days in October gallivanting about the Apuseni mountains, with … Continue reading

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Syllabus: Inequality and the Body in Archaeology and Bioarchaeology

As you may know, I spent this past year in Pittsburgh, figuring out when and where it is appropriate to say “yinz” and eating Pittsburgh salads. However, I also had a position at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Comparative … Continue reading

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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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