About The Author

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:

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.

Contact Me

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.

Creative Commons

 Creative Commons License

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.

Impact – Blog Reviews, Book and Journal Mentions

  • Site of interest in: Jennings, S. 2014. Bookmarks. Forum Dispatch. IFA Newsletter Spring 2014. 14: 5. (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).
  • 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.
  • 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

Central Banner: An Alexey Titarenko photograph, titled Crowd 1, Vasileostrovskaya Metro Station, 1992, from his City of Shadows project (1992-1994) based in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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.

A human skeleton laid out for in anatomical position ready for systematic osteological analysis. From the fantastic Inside the London Museum Blog (Image credit: Human Osteology Post).

Hope you enjoy reading the blog!

58 Responses to “About The Author”

  1. ohyoucoconutyou March 1, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    Hey Dave!!! 🙂

    I might need your help setting up my blog 😛 Am experiencing technical difficulties 😉

    You are my inspiration! ❤


    • These Bones Of Mine March 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

      Hello 🙂
      I can try and help, email me. I’m not too good at WordPress myself, as exampled by the side bar writing! x

  2. Jon Watts March 13, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    Hi David,

    Really interesting blog, found all the information really well presented on here. If i come across any information or articles that would be useful to add i will get in touch with you.
    Very impressive though mate 🙂


    • These Bones Of Mine March 13, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

      Hi Jon,
      Thank you for your kind words! Please feel free to send any articles my way if you think they are of interest. I’m glad you like the site. Let me know if there is anything of interest you want me to cover!


  3. Torsha Datta Choudhuri June 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    I am in my last year of school and i stumbled upon this blog by chance.Really interesting read.Keep up d good job. ❤ d t

    • These Bones Of Mine June 13, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

      Good to hear it Torsha! Many thanks for your kind words, and I hope you are well.

  4. Kristine Anne September 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    Great blog! 😀

  5. Catherine Cabanela (@MoxieGirl44) December 30, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    Howdy! I’m a huge fan of the television show Bones and a fan fiction writer for that show. In writing, I do a lot of research on bones and just stumbled upon your site. Thank you for putting this up and continuing to keek it interesting!

    I’m going to try to post your site to Twitter if that little icon will let me …


    MoxieGirl (Fanfiction.net)
    MoxieGirl44 (Twitter)

    • These Bones Of Mine December 31, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

      Hello Catherine!
      Thank you, that would be excellent! I’m very glad you are enjoying the site. I’ve been a bit busy lately so I have managed to update it for a while. Hope you are well, thanks once again.

      Happy New Eve by the way!

  6. Aja February 9, 2012 at 2:06 am #

    Hello David,

    Stumbled across your blog whilst trying to hunt down more information on MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology – I may be entering the program this fall (had an offer, must decide). I would love to hear what you think of it, whether you would recommend it (it’s contending, in my head, with Durham and MSc Palaeopathology), how Sheffield is itself, anything at all. I know you’re busy, but I would greatly appreciate your thoughts and insight!

    Wonderful material, here! Keep up the good work – you’re clearly going to be a force in the field!

    • These Bones Of Mine February 10, 2012 at 1:06 am #

      Hello Aja,

      Thanks for the kind comments, they are much appreciated. I’ll happily discuss any questions you have regarding the MSc at Sheffield and at other institutions in the UK with you. Please send an email to thesebonesofmine @ hotmail.com and I’ll discuss specifics. Sheffield offer a fantastic course & I’d think you would be wise to fully research exactly what you would want to do and where you would want your research/work to progress too. I hope to be a force, we shall see 🙂 thank you once again for reading this blog.
      Best wishes,

      • Aja August 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

        Oh my, how unprofessional of me. I really did appreciate your response. My academic life got away from me; I’ve only just handed in my MA thesis. Anyway, thank you for extending the hand of help, though I missed grabbing it. Decided on Durham, finally.

        Hope your endeavours are well!

        • These Bones Of Mine August 14, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

          Dear AJa,
          Thank you for the response! I know, I feel like my life is ruled by the thesis at the moment, if i ever actually got round to doing the damn thing! Ah, are you doing the palaeopathology course, or something else? Good luck with your endeavors! My hand is always extended for those in need!

  7. free psn card January 14, 2013 at 3:25 am #

    Hey very interesting blog!

  8. Electric Puppet September 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    Hi! I would like to nominate this blog for the Liebster Award- It’s a reciprocal award for smaller blogs (under 200 followers at present), as well as a form of networking for bloggers and a great way to get your word out to a wider audience. I will post on my blog what you need to do soon, so please check it out at: http://electricpuppet.wordpress.com/

  9. ioannismamouzelosioannis December 8, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    still cant get the right email even i did as you said klick on…about me i dont see any new email of you??where is it?

  10. Tanya Schenck February 6, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    I am really impressed with your blog post, it is really good and you are maintaining it very well. I would like to submit my post on your blog (as guest post) with my website link. Mostly I create about educational and student related subjects. Please let me know if you are accepting guest posts and I’m ready to discuss my contents with you, I promise you with unique, quality and 100% plagiarism free content. I am looking forward to get your reply.
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    • These Bones Of Mine February 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

      Hey Tanya,
      Thank you for the message! Feel free to email me at thesebonesofmine @ hotmail.com with the idea of the blog post and we shall discuss it! Thank you for your kinds comments and I hope you are well.

  11. thereviewer February 16, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    Hi David, thanks for your comment on my blog. Wow, what an incredible collection of articles and reference materials you have here. I’m really impressed with the quality of content in each and every post, this encyclopaedia would have taken me a lifetime to compile! Great to see the posts on human evolution in amongst your wider interests. Knocking on a million hits is one hell of an achievement, keep it up.

    • These Bones Of Mine February 16, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

      Hi Jamie,
      Cheers for the comment! I love your blogging site, really enjoying your writing style. Thank you, I will try to although I am forever editing entries due to mistakes!

  12. Lori Henrotay April 4, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    Hello – why is there a reference/category to the IFOPA? Can you share if / where you have any information related to FOP – one of the rarest, most disabling genetic conditions known to medicine, it causes bone to form in muscles, tendons, ligaments and other connective tissues. Bridges of extra bone develop across joints, progressively restricting movement and forming a second skeleton that imprisons the body in bone. There are no other known examples in medicine of one normal organ system turning into another.
    An example of the typical progres


  13. edmooneyphotography April 15, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    Hi there David,
    Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the blogosphere and for the follow. Your support is much appreciated, 🙂


    • These Bones Of Mine April 15, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

      Hey there Eddie,

      Thank you! It is my pleasure, Loving your photography work and your posts about the heritage sites. The black and white photos are pretty captivating! Keep it up 🙂


  14. missjenessabee August 19, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    I absolutely LOVE your site. I am graduating in a couple months with a BSc in Human Biology and have been planning on graduate studies involving forensic anthropology or something similar and only discovered in the past 6 months that Osteoarchaeology and other degrees like that (which seem to encompass everything that I have dreamed of studying) exist in the UK. I am in the city of Seattle, USA, and we don’t have programs like this in the states, from what I can find. I am taking a year off between undergrad and graduate school and I’m in the research phase right now but University of Sheffield is my top choice and I was wondering how you liked it! I look forward to reading more of your blog. 🙂
    I hope you are enjoying your summer!

    • These Bones Of Mine August 19, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

      Hey Jenessa,
      Thank you very much for your comment! Yeah, in the UK you tend to have one year Masters degrees in human osteology or bioarchaeology (Exeter, Edinburgh, Bradford, Sheffield, York etc.) whereas in the US they probably go under a different name as they normally last two years or so. Definitely asked Kristina Killgrove over at Powered By Osteons for US info! That sounds like a good plan, I’d make sure you know what to expect after the Masters and what road you want to go down. Yeah, feel free to email me thesebonesofmine at hotmail.com for an in depth discussion on sheffield if you want? I loved my time there! Awesome, I’m working on a few different posts at mo and hope to have them up sometime soon…
      Thank you, I hope you are too!

      • missjenessabee August 19, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

        Thanks for your response! That was another question I had – the programs in the UK that I was finding were roughly a year and several had dissertations associated with them, to be completed after the year in the classroom/lab? How long did it take you to complete your dissertation and were students allowed to go anywhere in the world to complete them? My area has a rich Native American archaeological environment that has fascinated me for years.
        Thanks again!! I switched a few months ago from what I considered a more “stable career” back to my original passion for the study of bones and history and am now gathering as much information as I can for grad school! 🙂

        • These Bones Of Mine August 19, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

          No worries! Yes, all of the bioarch/human osteo masters have dissertation components. They run in the third semester, i.e. during the summer period when there will be no hands on teaching, for hand in September. Yes, you can do your dissertation on whatever you like and wherever you like. That sounds fantastic about your local area, I’ve read a bit about the north west coast (but memory fails me to remember the famous site!). Always follow your passion if you can 🙂

  15. Clodagh August 22, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    Hi david, I found your site so interesting , having studied for a BA in Archaeology way back in ’92 I am now looking to get back into the field through doing an MA . I have studied lots of anatomy and physiology down through the years as a dancer, yoga /pilates teacher and I can draw and this could be a real cool mix of my interests.. Do you know if it’s easy to get work in Ireland in this area of archaeology?? And is the work a mix of being out on a dig and inside documenting… There is a MA in UCC I could do in 2015…and thanks for the heads up on the Belfast Conference..

    • These Bones Of Mine August 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

      Hello Clodagh,
      Thank you for your comment! That sounds like a great mix of backgrounds for understanding human anatomy. I honestly don’t know too much about bioarchaeological work in Ireland but there are always jobs being a field digger and then being partly based in an office, often working on finds from excavations. It is hard getting work as a bioarchaeologist in general so make sure you would be happy to work in archaeology generally before specialising, as a lot of opportunities often happen ‘in-house’ as it were. Yeah, I’ve known a few friend field archaeology friends who have mixed field work and finds/archives work. No worries, I’m hopefully going there myself! The MA at UCC sounds good and Cork is a lovely city!

  16. Clodagh August 22, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

    Cheers for that, I’ll try get some experience in the field so first …thanks

    • These Bones Of Mine August 22, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

      No worries, I’d definitely ask around and see what archaeologists and bioarchaeologists in Ireland say as well. I’d imagine that you’d have a good and unique perspective on the human body, especially movement, and could produce some good interpretations and reports! An Irish archaeology friend of mine called Robert M Chapple has a blog (under his own name) as well, may be worth searching for his name and contacting him to talk about what would be best.

  17. Sim May 9, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

    Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I find your blog extremely interesting. I’ve always loved archaeology but never acted upon my passion until recently, and your blog is proving to be extremely useful and accessible to someone who has never formally studied the disciplines you write about. Human osteology in particular is something entirely new to me: all I’ve been dealing with is mammalian osteology (an archaeologist friend of mine enjoys giving me random bones from his comparative collection for me to identify -and often throws in ridiculously small bone frags because he is just that cheeky-). Also, you mentioned that you volunteered for the Durham University Archaeological Services. What did that entail? I’m just curious as I am currently based in Durham. Keep up the good work!

    • These Bones Of Mine May 9, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

      Hey Sim,

      Firstly thank you very much for your comment! It is lovely to hear that, and I’m very glad that the blog has proved accessible. The mammalian osteology practice sounds fantastic – a great start to getting to know the variation present in bones between species!

      I did indeed, though it was only a few days excavating at the Ferryhill Iron Age site a few years ago as part of the Limestone Landscapes project. That excavation I think went on for a few weeks and found things quite typical of Iron Age sites in the area – boundary ditches, waste ditches, animal bones, round house evidence/postholes, etc. That project (across the limestone landscape across the north east) may still be going on, but I am unsure if is. Durham is just up the road from where I am, and I’m sure that the DUAS may have some volunteer work going on if you wanted to partake. Tees Archaeology have test pitting going on at eaglescliffe in a month or two and are looking for volunteers, if that interests you.

      Definitely check out those two options and I’m sure there is a range of things going on in Durham, there is the Durham archaeology and architectural society as well, I was a member for a few years but never got around to doing anything with them as I didn’t have a car at the time! Hope you are well and thank you for reading! (incidentally, keep an eye out for the next post as there are always human osteology short courses going on around the country). Also keep writing your own site – it’s awesome!


      • Sim May 9, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

        Don’t get me wrong, mammalian osteology is great, if only I didn’t have to deal with so many Ovid specimens. At this rate, I shall dream of sheep at night! Incidentally, today I visited what appears to be what’s left of an Iron Age fort (or so a little bird whispered into my hear) right in the middle of Durham (that is, in between the Science Site and Shincliffe, assuming you’re familiar with the area). I did notice a couple of ditches around the area which I thought could be waste ditches, but upon closer examination, the sandy soil led me to believe that they must be far more recent. Oh, so you’re in the area? That’s brilliant. Many thanks for all the suggestions, I will definitely chase them up. I will be partaking at the last digging season at Binchester, which I am very excited about as it will be my very first field experience. I was also looking at Orkney, as I’ve heard they have something Neolithic/Viking going on. I did hear of the Durham archaeology and architectural society, but unfortunately they have nothing going on until July. I shall keep an eye out for future posts, thanks for everything.


        • These Bones Of Mine May 9, 2015 at 6:07 pm #

          Ah be aware that the skeletal elements of sheep often look like goats! I have sadly never made it to Binchester yet, but the site looks amazing, especially considering just how well the remains have survived. Much like Vindolanda and the famous letters there. The north east really is a rich area for Roman and Romano-British archaeological remains. (Co-incidently I studied my hometown Iron Age/Romano-British site of Catcote for my undergraduate thesis, it is up on academia.edu under my name if you are inclined into reading it!). Currently doing an osteological analysis of that assemblage. Orkney has exceptional prehistoric (Neolithic and Bronze Age remains) and viking archaeology, enjoy it if you do go! There are more commercial archaeology units moving up north within the past decade or so, always worth keeping an eye on them as well for any work/volunteer options or open days.

          All the best,

          • Sim May 15, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

            I know, I’ve got a horn frag that I am particularly suspicious about. It does seem to be ovis though. It’s a shame that this will be the last season at Binchester (I would assume they ran out of funds). I’ll look you up on Academia.eu, thanks again for all the tips!

          • These Bones Of Mine May 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

            That’s awesome! Cheers, think I have a link on the About Me bit but I’m easy enough to search by name I think. No worries! Keep up the awesome work yourself and let me know if you are ever around on a dig!

      • Sim July 5, 2015 at 7:24 pm #

        Hey David,

        Not sure if you remember me, but I just wanted to let you know that, after my volunteering experience at Binchester, I started working as a field archaeology for a CRM company in the south of England (so thanks for your suggestions I guess) 🙂 I am also planning to do an MSc in Osteoarchaeology at Sheffield at some point in the future. Only thing is, do you think I’ll be able to find a job in the field afterwards without a PhD?

        • These Bones Of Mine July 7, 2015 at 10:27 am #

          Hey Sim,
          That is fantastic news – congratulations! You do not need a PhD if you plan on working in the field though the MSc in osteoarch will give you a good broad and detailed basis in human and non-human skeletal analysis – this is a big boon, esp animal remains as that is what units need. If its academia you are after then yeah go through the doctoral route, but just be aware of how competitive it is and can be.

  18. Simona July 14, 2016 at 6:20 am #

    Buona giornata 🙂

  19. mike oyakhire October 29, 2022 at 11:34 am #

    thank you very much indeed
    how do i cite your work please?

    • These Bones Of Mine October 30, 2022 at 6:20 pm #

      Hi Mike,
      It is my pleasure to blog! You can cite in the Harvard style (or whichever referencing style you are using) – so to cite the ‘About the Author’ page you would do the following:

      Mennear, D. J., 2011. About the Author. Thesebonesofmine.wordpress.com [blog]. Available at: https://thesebonesofmine.wordpress.com/about/ [Accessed 30 October 2022].



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