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

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