December 30, 2012

Best of Powered by Osteons - 2012

Last year was definitely better for blogging than this one, as I had more time on my hands then as an unemployed scholar.  I've only been able to post half as often in 2012 as in 2011, due in part to my new academic job, and many of those posts are my Bones reviews.  There are some half-finished (or not even started) posts hanging out in my drafts folder that I'd hoped to get to write by the end of the year.  But I will be looking forward to writing those in 2013.

The good news is that thanks to all you readers out there, traffic to Powered by Osteons has risen 50% since 2011!  Here are some rough stats of pageviews by month and year over the past five and a half years of blogging:

Powered by Osteons pageviews (including incomplete data in the summer of 2010
because I'm a doofus and hadn't enabled something I needed to enable). Click to embiggen.

Without further ado, the Top 5 posts I wrote in 2012 are... drum roll... (excluding Bones reviews...)

1.  Lead Poisoning in Rome - The Skeletal Evidence (20 Jan 2012).  This post explains an article on which I was a coauthor in 2010, providing some of the only data on lead concentration in human skeletons in the Roman Empire.  My post was syndicated by PastHorizons in February.  (Incidentally, this post is the most popular of all time on the blog, narrowly beating out the Bioarchaeology of Crucifixion from late last year.)

2.  Childbirth and C-Sections in Bioarchaeology (13 March 2012).  In this post, I review some of the bioarchaeological evidence for burial of mother-fetus dyads, or women and their babies who died in childbirth, and I end with questions about childbirth practices in the Roman Empire.

3.  From Birth to Burial: The Curious Case of Easter Eggs (20 March 2012).  After summarizing the longstanding symbolism of the egg to both pagan and Christian traditions, I discuss in this post the curious practice of burying children with eggs in the Roman Empire.  This post was syndicated by PastHorizons in April.

4. Recipe for a Roman Diet (2 May 2012).  While I was writing and revising my latest academic article, I wrote this post as both an explanation of the variety present in the Roman diet and a way to test my own recipe for a Roman(ish) dish.

5. Teaching Skeletal Anatomy to Kids (30 Jan 2012).  Based on a question from a colleague, I asked around and got loads of suggestions for how to teach human skeletal anatomy to the elementary school set.  This post compiles all the activities my social-media-friends and I thought up when trying to make anatomy fun for all.

I hope you all have a wonderful new year!  Please continue to check back with Powered by Osteons for new posts and Bones reviews throughout 2013.  And don't forget that you can "like" PbO on Facebook, where I post news and links about bioarchaeological discoveries around the world several times a day.

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