The Growing Threat of Archaeonudists*

I’ve dreamed of visiting Macchu Picchu, but never once have I thought to myself, “I can’t wait to get to Macchu Picchu to unleash my breast!” What are some other sites that you know of that are addressing this issue?Read More

I Can't Write My Thesis!

Most Sunday mornings, I wake up early,  grab a mason jar of water along with a cup of tea or coffee, and quietly proceed to start my work day. The plan is always the same, work first, then write thesis. This sounds like a pretty simple plan, but it’s been 4 months and I have […]Read More

I Fell in Love with a Robo-Naut!

  During my visit to the Kennedy Space Center, I had the opportunity to hear about a number of innovations and experiments being conducted on and off the International Space Station. My absolute favorite was ROBONAUT! “The core idea behind the Robonaut series is to have a humanoid machine work alongside astronauts” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robonaut). While many find […]Read More

The 'Rockstar' Goes to NASA

It had only been a few short hours since I left the cold, harsh NYC weather, and landed in sunny, warm, unfamiliar Orlando, Florida. I had no idea what to expect. My idea of Orlando had been theme parks and resorts. In fact, I really had never contemplated the Kennedy Space Center in terms of […]Read More

WTF is 'Archaeoastronomy'?!

When I think about what I’ve learned throughout my anthropological education, if I heard the word ‘space,’ what was typically being discussed was location, area, events that related to a position. I rarely thought about astronomical space. In culture, we tend to think of space in terms of where culture is located, observed, practiced. However, […]Read More

It's My Birthday, but the gift if for YOU!

It’s my birthday, but YOU get the gift! As a way to celebrate and thank my followers, I’m giving away an AWESOME Homo floresiensis (aka ‘hobbit’) chalkboard skull from the Etsy shop, iamhome! Here’s how you WIN! Earn a point by ‘Liking or following’ me on Twitter, FB, and of course, THE BLOG! Earn additional […]Read More

Part 3: The Resurrection Man!

So far, I have been focused on the slave situation in NYC as it pertained to the African burial grounds in lower Manhattan. But let’s travel down south to discuss a really interesting connected event. Meanwhile in Georgia… In 1828, the Medical College of Georgia was founded. Like most medical schools of the time, being […]Read More

Early NYC and The Robbers of the Grave (Archaeology of

Note: As you read, learn and engage with this series of articles, there are some other themes that I encourage you to think about, and try to make connections to as you follow: The culture of mistrust between the African American population and the medical community Power dynamics between the biomedical model and traditional practices […]Read More

New York's Slave Past: The History and Archaeology of the

“New York City, 1741. A growing population of slaves and indentured white laborers had city authorities on edge. When a series of fires broke out in March and April, suspicion fell on a conspiracy of these lower classes. A white servant, with promise of freedom and a reward, implicated about a hundred blacks and whites […]Read More

Fish Sex and the Book that Explains Everything

I thought this was a great summary of thought on the Bill Nye vs Ken Ham debate. I’m one of the people that thinks that perhaps the debate should not have happened, but I also recognize that science does need to be engaged as much as possible with the public, and this may have been […]Read More

Ante, peri, post- what?! Vocab for Your Case File Netflix

When I was helping out at the Smithsonian, folks LOVED the pathology section of the public forensic lab! Who doesn’t?! I, too, have sat around with the fam, watching NCIS, CSI, Bones, etc., and listened to them discuss the wounds and injuries of the found human remains. So, I’m going to help you out with […]Read More

"How can you believe in God if you believe in

  If you follow me on my Facebook page, you would have seen that this week that I declared this week, “Ask An Anthropologist” week. I thought it would give us a chance to get to know each other, and provide an opportunity to answer questions that I get asked pretty frequently. But then… I got asked […]Read More