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

anthropologists on writing: introductory holiday reads

I’m at the point in my academic career where good writing informed by better research is critical to my survival. This often leads me to seek out articles and books on (sound the trumpets!) WRITING!! This is a pretty neat article that I found with familiar thoughts and great resources!Read More

New Year Thoughts To Begin Again…

  This is my first post of the New Year, 2014! Clearly, I haven’t been working on this blog as much as I would have liked to. It doesn’t mean that I haven’t been writing, though. In fact, that’s ALL I’ve been doing! (Can I get witness from the grad student section on stage right?!) […]Read More

Mummies and Virility in the Afterlife

The Presence of Genitalia on Ancient Egyptian Mummies  In the summer of 2011, I was hired at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute for a traveling exhibit called “Mummies of the World”. The traveling exhibition contained some of the most fascinating human and animal mummy specimens on the planet! The mummies were part of a larger research project […]Read More

"OMG, Cartman, They Killed A Whale!

Understanding Traditional Whale Hunting in the Faroe Islands (and why PETA can’t just come through petitions blazing)   It is amazing what you begin to see once someone makes you aware of its existence. In my historical ecology class, we were discussing the settling of Iceland, and during our module, a PhD student came in […]Read More

Why 'The Rockstar Anthropologist' (2012)

“I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes. Well, anthropology is all around me, and so the feeling grows…”   This compendium of anthropological brilliance was given life from a comment I made during a meeting of the minds regarding the future of anthropological scholarship. Was that first sentence wordy enough […]Read More