March 31, 2017

You guys, I got *another award* for this whole blogging thing!

Tonight at the annual business meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, I received the Award for Excellence in Public Education.


Per the conference program:

Dr. Kristina Killgrove has earned the SAA's Award for Excellence in Public Education for her exemplary contributions to public education and service to the profession. Dr. Killgrove's masterful contributions to writing archaeologically for the general public have included her own website as well as at Forbes.com and at Mental Floss, with some online compositions receiving millions of views. She has produced an extensive corpus of published work on how archaeology, anthropology, and science intersect with our daily lives, as well as having excelled as a teacher and scholar. In particular, she has successfully entered into the public fray on ethical issues related to the treatment of human remains and how nonrenewable archaeological resources can be exploited by television and looting. Finally, her online writing has served as a litmus test for the efficacy of how archaeologists can serve as barometers of the "truth," and how we can actively work against the dissemination of falsehoods like Dr. Ben Carson's patently untrue claim that the Egyptian pyramids were used to store grain. For her storytelling, advocacy, and public outreach, we are proud to nominate Dr. Killgrove for this award.

The spiffy plaque I got is in the upper right. And here's what I looked like receiving it from outgoing SAA president Diane Gifford-Gonzalez... (I'm sure the professional photographer got a better pic, but this was helpfully snapped by Lynne Goldstein):


Last time I got an award for my outreach, I thanked a whole bunch of people. This time is no different. In addition to the awards committee, I would like to thank Megan Perry for nominating me and Lynne Goldstein and Jane Buikstra for writing letters of support. Of course, I appreciate the opportunities that my editors Alex Knapp and Forbes and Jen Pinkowski at mental_floss have given me in terms of a platform to write about why the past is relevant to the present. Thanks to all of my colleagues who have let me cover their latest article or discovery, given me comments on my pieces, and allowed me to interview them.

And last but definitely not least, thanks to all my readers here, at Forbes, and at mental_floss, and my peeps on Twitter and the PbO Facebook page! If you keep reading, I'll keep writing!

Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 43)

Welp, it seems like I haven't blogged here in two months. Spring semester is always crazy, so while I've been keeping up with my Forbes blog and writing the occasional piece for mental_floss, I haven't been linking to my Bones reviews here (series finale, y'all!).

So I'm going to try to do better, inspired by Roberto Cighetti's tagging me in a photo of a set of skeletons that really need an osteologist:


These are from the Museo delta Antico, which is in Comacchio on the northeast coast of Italy. They shared this image in a Facebook post from March 20.

There's even a closeup that shows just how painful it must have been for that person's left arm to bend entirely the wrong way. ;-)


And as a bonus, I don't even know what's going on here. Is that an... adult fibula in the kid's right arm? An unfused radius that is way too old for the skull?


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Previous Installments of Who needs an osteologist?


January 24, 2017

Bioarchaeology TT job @UWF! - Deadline 2/13

We are hiring! If you are a bioarchaeologist (with or without a sideline in forensic anthropology), please consider applying for our tenure-track position. Pensacola has lovely beaches, and the department is full of super friendly archaeologists. Plus, I'm in the process of setting up a light isotope prep lab... so fingers crossed that happens! More details about the job are below.



We seek a broadly-trained biological anthropologist with an active research agenda and commitment to teaching and mentoring undergraduates and graduate students. Preference will be given to applicants with expertise in bioanthropology, bioarchaeology and/or forensic anthropology. Ability to teach a local forensic or bioarchaeology field school is ideal; ability to include students in some form of field or laboratory research is a necessity.

A Ph.D from an accredited institution in anthropology, archaeology, or closely related discipline with a demonstrated record of achievement in teaching, academic research, and service.

Expertise in bioanthropology, bioarchaeology and/or forensic anthropology; experience teaching a range of courses in biological anthropology; ability or potential to secure research funding; ability to publish in high-quality journals.

The successful candidate will teach three courses per semester that complement our existing BA and MA programs in archaeological, biological, and cultural anthropology; will advise and mentor BA and MA students; will serve on and direct master’s thesis committees; and will engage in service and research activities.

This position will benefit from and strengthen existing collaborations with campus organizations such as the Archaeology Institute, the Florida Public Archaeology Network, and the Virtebra 3D lab, as well as external organizations such as local medical examiners’ offices.

ABDs will be considered if the degree will be completed prior to August 2017.

Candidates must apply online through the University of West Florida website: https://jobs.uwf.edu

Applicants must attach the following documents: Curriculum Vitae, Teaching Philosophy, Letter of Application/Interest, List of References, Statement of Research, Writing Sample

There will be an opportunity to upload these documents during the application process.

Applicants with questions can contact the search committee chair, Dr. Kristina Killgrove (killgrove@uwf.edu / 850-474-3287).


The University of West Florida is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action employer. Any individual who requires special accommodations to apply is requested to advise UWF by contacting the UWF Human Resources Department at 1-850-474-2694 (voice) or 1 850 857 6114 (TTY). A criminal background check is required for successful candidates. E-Verify requirements may apply for employment in certain positions. All records submitted in support of employment applications may be subject to Florida public records law.


Bones - Season 12, Episode 3 (Review)

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January 11, 2017

Bones - Season 12, Episode 2 (Review)

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January 5, 2017

Bones - Season 12, Episode 1 (Review)

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'Bones' Season 12, Episode 1 Review: 

The Hope in the Horror


Bones - Season 11, Episode 22 (Review)

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'Bones' Season 11, Episode 22 Review: 

The Nightmare in the Nightmare


Bones - Season 11, Episode 21 (Review)

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'Bones' Season 11, Episode 21 Review: 

The Jewel in the Crown


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