In a blog whose main content is aimed at the general introduction of the human skeleton, and its application in the scientific analysis in the fields of bioarchaeology and heritage, that invariably comes with the understanding that those who we have studied, and continue to study, have first died. That their agency as a living individual is over, and their agency as a dead individual within a (largely) archaeological context remains, often as the total physical and anonymous sum of their existence on earth.
That can seem to be a heavy burden, as least in its theoretical implications of education outreach and dissemination. Yet a number of fantastic bioarchaeology bloggers are helping to maintain and break down the so-called ‘ivory tower’ of academic research and the sometimes dense issues that propagate the bioarchaeology discipline. Some, such as Jess Beck of Bone Broke and Kristina Killgrove of Powered By Osteons, make it fun and interactive.
This blog has never, unlike other well respected and much-loved bioarchaeology blogging sites, aimed to be a purely academic enterprise. I’ve always included the personal, the outraged, the fictional, and the didactic. Since starting this site I have always tried to at least regularly update it, where possible. That is not the case at the moment. I feel in some sense tied to the mast as to why I should explain that this is so.
Unexpectedly a close friend has died. There was no warning, just the act of a life taken in the prime. I’m not particularly young and I’m not particularly old, but the thought of death stalking my age group (my friends!) is almost alien. Grief has captained my feelings and I fear that it shall be so for a while longer yet. How deep it will go I do not yet know.
As such I do not foresee any posts appearing on this blog for the immediate future, due to this and to other currently outstanding obligations. I will write again though, and I will think of my friend as I do for they also shared a love for heritage and archaeology.