About Me and These Bones of Mine:
Hello there and welcome to my blog! My name is David and I shall concentrate here mainly on my experiences and research interests in human osteology and bioarchaeology, alongside heritage and archaeology more generally.
I hold a Merit from the MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology program from the University of Sheffield and a BA Hons in History and Archaeology from the University of Hull. My specialism is the analysis and interpretation of human skeletal remains from archaeological sites, but I do have a wide range of experience in archaeology and heritage as a whole. Please email me for any further information.
This blog will explicitly introduce the human skeleton and its anatomical traits to a general and interested audience.
This blog then is an introduction and a repository for me, detailing my interests in the field and whilst also documenting my own ongoing archaeological experience. Furthermore, I want to take you on a journey of discovery of self learning by detailing what exactly human osteologists and bioarchaeologists do. Alongside this approach I will also include details of my own extensive experience of bone disease.
Up to date academic references are noted on each post explicitly and an effort is made to find an Open Access articles and resources, where available, as appropriate. Within each of these references you will find much more detail on the specific subject highlighted and also on the practice of human osteology and archaeology in general. Please enjoy and share.
My interests in human osteology and archaeology as a whole are primarily focused on what the human remains themselves can tell us, the modern-day interpreter, about our shared past. This includes how we became what are today as a species, what our ancestors went through during their lifespans, our past and present cultural diversity, together with an exploration of the legacy in material remains that our ancestors left behind. My two major themes of research are the study of physical impairment (or disability) and the study of palaeopathology in the skeletal record, with due consideration to the wider social implications that can result from such instances and the evidence of care-provision during life. I hold a focus on the prehistoric archaeological record with special regards to the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Europe and the wider world, and the subsequent change in dietary and social lifestyle. Finally, I also hold a research interest in educational outreach and the role traditional and digital heritage can play in the community, especially to those who are marginalized in mainstream society.
Please feel free to leave a message, correct me where I am wrong, or simply to point me towards any new and exciting finds. All views are my own unless otherwise stated. I sincerely hope you find this blog enjoyable and educational.
I am a member of the following organisations or safety schemes:
- British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO).
- Palaeopathology Association (PA).
- Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (Affiliate grade, CIfA).
- Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS White Card Archaeology Technician Accredited).
- English PEN.
Each of these associations and organisations maintain professional standards in the archaeology work and research sector, alongside a code of ethics when working with human remains. I abide by these codes and ethics.
I can be contacted at these bones of mine at hotmail dot com, or alternatively (and much more securely) at these bones of mine at protonmail dot ch. Please feel free to contact me regarding posted content, potential guests posts, or any questions on human osteology and archaeology that you may have. I am very happy to help wherever I can and I am also willing to provide advice and expertise where I can.
My CV is available upon request, please send an email to the above address.
These Bones of Mine by David M is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International License. The views are his and his alone unless otherwise stated.
Blog Reviews, Book and Journal Mentions:
- Author discussing own blog: Mennear, D. J. 2016. Highlighting the Importance of the Past: Public Engagement and Bioarchaeology of Care Research. In: L. Tilley & A. A. Shrenk, eds. New Developments in the Bioarchaeology of Care: Further Case Studies and Expanded Theory. Zurich: Springer International Publishing. 343-364. (Open Access).
- Blog discussed throughout: Tilley, L. & Shrenk, A. A., eds. 2016. New Developments in the Bioarchaeology of Care: Further Case Studies and Expanded Theory. Zurich: Springer International Publishing.
- Site of interest in: Swales, D. M. 2016. In British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology Annual Review 2015. (University of Sheffield outreach section). (Awaiting final edition of review).
- Blog discussed in: Rathbone, S. (ed. Chapple, R. M.) 2016. Archaeological Boundaries: Discussions, Experiments and Unprovoked Attacks. Belfast: The Oculus Obscura Press. (Open Access).
- Blog discussed in: Williams, H. & Atkin, A. 2015. Virtually Dead: Digital Public Mortuary Archaeology. Internet Archaeology. 40. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.11141/ia.40.7.4. (Open Access).
- Blog discussed in: Tilley, L. 2015. Theory and Practice in the Bioarchaeology of Care. Zurich: Springer International Publishing.
- Blog discussed in: Emery, K. M. & Killgrove, K. 2015. Bones, Bodies, and Blogs: Outreach and Engagement in Bioarchaeology. Internet Archaeology. 39. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.11141/ia.39.5. (Open Access).
- Site of interest in: Craig-Atkins, E. 2015. British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology Annual Review 2014. (University of Sheffield outreach section). Issue 16: 34. (Open Access).
- Site of interest in: Jennings, S. 2014. Bookmarks. Forum Dispatch. IFA Newsletter Spring 2014. 14: 5. (Open Access).
- Blog discussed in: Pollard, T. & Banks, I. 2014. Editorial (on Nazi War Diggers). Journal of Conflict Archaeology. 9 (2): 49-52. (Open Access).
- Blog discussed in: Meyers, K. & Killgrove, K. 2014. Bioarchaeology: Public Engagement. Newsletter of the Society for Archaeological Sciences. 37 (1): 23-25. (Open Access).
- Discussed in: Stojanowski, C. & Duncan, W. 2014. Engaging Bodies in the Public Imagination: Bioarchaeology as Social Science, Science, and Humanities. American Journal of Human Biology. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.22522.
- Voted as one of the Top 100 Forensic Science websites by Forensic Science degree website. 2014.
- Voted as one of the Top 10 Forensic Anthropology blogs online by Forensic Colleges website. 2013.
- Blog discussed in: Killgrove, K. 2013. Bioarchaeology. In: Oxford Bibliographies Online – Anthropology. J.L. Jackson, Jr. (ed.). Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780199766567-0121.
- Mentioned in Kristina Killgrove’s blog Powered By Osteons: Blogs As Anthropological Outreach. 2012.
- Mentioned in Katy Meyers blog Bones Don’t Lie: Resources for Bioarchaeology and Mortuary Archaeology News. 2012.
- Article in Past Horizons archaeology magazine website: The Bioarchaeology of Care: A Case Study from Neolithic Vietnam. 2012.
- Blog discussed in: Rakita, G. F. M. 2011. Bioarchaeology: Public Outreach. Newsletter of the Society for Archaeological Sciences. 34 (4): 27-28. (Open Access).
Main Page Image Credits:
Background Left: An Ertebølle burial, a Mesolithic culture described and located in modern-day Denmark.
Background Middle: Romano-British skeleton from the Venta Icenorum site, Norfolk.
Background Right: In Limbo (2005), an oil painting by Swedish born artist Odd Nerdrum.
Design help: Kevin Kinnersley.
Hope you enjoy reading the blog!