Part of being an academic these days involves putting yourself out there as an expert, being the face of some topic, the person who can explain the importance of an anthropological concept to students and the public. I have tried to take up this challenge with my personal blog, Powered by Osteons, which I envision as a public form of the informal communication that I have all the time with my colleagues. Powered by Osteons covers topics related to archaeology, bio-anthropology, and classics.
Since May 2015, I have also been blogging as a contributor at Forbes. These posts are more focused on communicating interesting news and topics in bioarchaeology to the general public and is therefore a more professional blog, while PbO remains a more intimate site with recurring features and short, sometimes snarky posts.
And since February 2016, I have also been contributing to mental_floss, with a focus on skeletons and the classical world.
Awards Won for Public Outreach:
- 2017 – Society for American Archaeology, Award for Excellence in Public Education
- 2016 – American Anthropological Association, General Anthropology Division, New Directions Award for Public Anthropology
Recurring Features at Powered by Osteons:
- Who needs an osteologist? — The rhetorical question in the title hints at the topic of the series, which showcases photographs of skeletons that are poorly identified or poorly laid out.
- Bones Reviews — I have been reviewing every episode of the FOX television show Bones since season 6. If you want to know what aspects of the forensics are right and wrong–or just want to know that someone else also yells at the TV on a weekly basis–do check out these reviews. In Season 11, my reviews moved to Forbes.
- Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival — At the end of every month, I post a blog carnival (or roundup of links) about bioarchaeology in the Roman world. Check it out and keep up with all the latest news in Roman bioarchaeology.
- Presenting Anthropology — I taught a graduate seminar in presenting anthropological information in Spring 2013. A large part of the course was about transforming the students into public anthropologists through social media and other outlets. I blogged each week about the course readings and discussion, and the class created a #shareanthro hashtag for live-tweeting our class meetings.
- Jones, S. 2016. “Anthropological archaeology in 2015: Entanglements, reflection, reevaluation, and archaeology beyond disciplinary boundaries.” American Anthropologist 118(2): 301-316.
- Raff, J. 2015. “Media response: genome of the ancient one (a.k.a. Kennewick Man).” Human Biology 87(2): 132-3.
- Means, B.K. 2015. “Promoting a more interactive public archaeology.”Advances in Archaeological Practice 3(3):235-248.
- Mitchell, J.G. 2015. “Ain’t no Bones about it: dialect discrimination in primetime,” in Aint’hology: A History and Life of a Taboo Word, Ch. 12, pp. 298-322.
- Williams, H. and A. Atkin. 2015. “Virtually dead: digital public mortuary archaeology.” Internet Archaeology 40.
- Meyers Emery, K. and K. Killgrove. 2015. “Bones, bodies, and blogs: outreach and engagement in bioarchaeology.” Internet Archaeology 39.
- Stojanowski, C. and W. Duncan. 2015. “Engaging bodies in the public imagination: Bioarchaeology as social science, science, and humanities.” American Journal of Human Biology 27(1): 51-60.
- MacKinnon, K. 2014. “Contemporary biological anthropology in 2013: Integrative, connected, and relevant.” American Anthropologist 116(2): 352-365.
- Martin, D., R. Harrod, and V. Perez. 2013. Bioarchaeology: An integrated approach to working with human remains (p. 249). Springer.
- Gomberg-Munoz, R. 2013. “2012 public anthropology year in review: Actually, Rick, Florida could use a few more anthropologists.” American Anthropologist 115(2): 286-96.
- de Koning, M. 2013. “Hello world! Challenges for blogging as anthropological outreach.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 19(2): 394-7.
- Lewton, K. 2012. “Complexity in biological anthropology in 2011: species, reproduction, and sociality.” American Anthropologist 114(2): 196-202.
- Rakita, G. 2011. “Bioarchaeology.” SAS Bulletin 34(4): 28.
- ScienceLine – “From the field to the classroom: yesterday’s discovery changes tomorrow’s lesson plan“
- Gizmodo – “You can print your own Homo naledi specimens“
- MIT Technology Review – “How 3D printing allows the world to investigate new human fossils“
- Smithsonian Magazine – “How big were Romans’ feet?“
- NPR – “Gladiator gatorade? Ancient athletes had a recovery drink too“
- LiveScience – “Ancient Roman infanticide didn’t spare either sex, DNA suggests“
- LiveScience – “Can ‘skull theory’ reveal sex of an unborn baby?“
- LiveScience – “‘Neandertal’ remains actually Medieval human“
- Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard – “Bones found in River Coln, Fairford placed upside down for professional photo“
- NBC News – “‘Mona Lisa’ skeleton and her kin’s remains are due for DNA testing“
- LiveScience – “Richard III announcement spurs excitement, skepticism“
- Chronicle of Higher Education – “Some PhDs Choose to Work off the Grid” (behind a paywall; email me for a copy)
- LiveScience – “Dig for Mona Lisa Turns up Skeleton of Wealthy Woman“
- Discovery News – “The Titanic Graveyard: Photos“
- LiveScience – “Scientists List 2011’s Most Fascinating Discoveries“
- Discovery News/MSNBC – “Roman-era couple held hands for 1,500 years“
- Discovery News – “Did zombies roam Medieval Ireland?“
- Discovery News – “Legendary castrato had post-menopausal disease“
- Discovery News – “Iceman’s girlfriend found“
- The Bob Rivers Show (KJR-FM Seattle) – What can be learned from Shakespeare’s bones?
- LiveScience – “Could Shakespeare’s bones tell us if he smoked pot?“
- CNN – “Scientists speak out to discredit ‘gay caveman’ media reports“
- LiveScience – “‘Gay caveman’ story overblown, archaeologists say“