Archaeology and human osteology, and their related disciplines, heavily depend and rely on collaboration between various people, projects, institutions and countries worldwide. Blogging can play a fundamental part in informing a new audience of new research approaches and discoveries in a variety of disciplines. Blogging can open up research projects to the public and allows the opportunity for people with broad-based skill sets to inject their own knowledge into the project, often in new and interesting combinations. Science is an inclusive discipline and encourages a broad audience to digest and produce results based on research and experiments adhering to a peer review process. An interesting example comes via John Hawks own advertisement of the Malapa Soft Tissue project, a project which aims to investigate hominin skin preserved from a 2 million year old palaeoanthropological site in South Africa, and he has openly called for people to join in the research first hand.
These Bones of Mine hopes to introduce the basics of human osteology to a new and disparate audience, whilst also discussing and highlighting interesting news from the archaeological world and beyond. I also hope it to be a site where information can be passed on to interested sectors of the internet audience. Therefore I heartily welcome guest posts on a range of topics. These include, but are not limited to, the following range of subjects:
- Osteology (both human and non-human)
- Physical Anthropology
- Archaeological Practice (experience of fieldwork, units etc)
- Pre and historic Archaeology
- Medical Anthropology
- Forensic Anthropology
Alongside outside subjects such as Human Rights Issues, Heritage at Risk and Cultural Sociology. Any subject within these areas will be considered, and I am particularly keen on prehistory, human osteology, and the discussion of a holistic and multidisciplinary approaches to studying archaeological remains.
Please feel free to email me at the following address with ideas for blog posts: thesebonesofmine at hotmail.com
Do not be offended if the subject matter is not appropriate or if I do not reply quickly, I will try to reply to the email within a short period of time if possible. The guest posts should be referenced as appropriate (Harvard style) and not extend beyond 2500 words. Images are welcome as they often help to deftly illustrate a key point, as is the inclusion of the writer’s own thoughts and interests. I will provide a Guest Blog Brief detailing the guidelines (also see below), but I am open to different ideas of presentation and engagement. I cannot offer any monetary funding, nor will I openly advertise commercial or private sector companies. Thank you for your time.
The basic guest post guidelines can be found here.
Previous guest blogs include the following (top most recent):
- Introducing The Belgian Osteoarchaeology and Physical Anthropology Society (BOAPAS) with Marit Van Cant and co-founders Davina Craps and Hélène Déom.
- An Introduction to Artificial Cranial Deformation from the Great Migration Period in Europe by Maja Miljević.
- Launch of the University of Sheffield Rothwell Charnel Chapel Project Website by Greer Dewdney and Jennifer Crangle.
- Telling Stories about the Dilmun Bioarchaeology Project by Alexis Boutin.
- Review of the Bethlem Museum of the Mind in Beckenham, Kent by Jessica Sajovie.
- An Archaeologist, an Anthropologist and an Anarchist Walk into a Bar… by Stuart Rathbone.
- Glass & Metal by Charles A. Hay.
- The Rise of BAJR Part III by David Connolly.
- Brief History of Elmet Archaeological Services Ltd by Alex Sotheran.
- The Rise of BAJR Part II by David Connolly.
- The Rise of BAJR: Part I by David Connolly.
- Thoughts from the Excavation of the Ancient Egyptian Site of Amara West by Loretta Kilroe.
- TrowelBlazers by Alison Atkin.
- Interview with Lorna Tilley: Introducing the ‘Bioarchaeology of Care’ Methodology, These Bones of Mine’s first interview post.
- Welcome to Commercial Archaeology: A Biased Introduction by Charles A. Hay.
- Grampus Heritage & The EU Leonardo Da Vinci Training Programme by Joanne Wilkinson.
- Archaeology and Me: A Volunteers Perspective by Dr Mike Young.
- History of Medical Coding by Susan Gorgalini.
- Petra Impressions by Francisco Peres.
- The Elysium Theatre Company Presents The Medieval Heritage Event The War of the Roses by Eleanor Chadwick and Emily Evans.
- Photography Vs Laser Scanning in Forensic Archaeology & CSI Contexts by David Errickson.
- Cannibalism In Archaeology Part 1: Recognition and Debate by Kate Brown.