Doug's question this month for the Blogging Archaeology carnival is, "Where are you going with blogging or where would you like it to go? My answer is pretty simple: I'd like to write more.
The latest incarnation of this blog coincided with my jump into a sort of public-facing science blogging (the whole "Gay Caveman" thing). Since then, I've written a whole bunch of essays that I'm pretty proud of, like:
- Line on the Left, One Cross Each: The Bioarchaeology of Crucifixion (November 2011)
- Lead Poisoning in Rome: The Skeletal Evidence (January 2012)
- From Birth to Burial: The Curious Case of Easter Eggs (April 2012)
- Childbirth and Death in Bioarchaeology (June 2012)
- Anthropologists Note that Women Are Like Cats. This idea came from something I saw in either Cosmo or Glamour citing the ever-controversial Helen Fisher on how women arch their backs like cats to be attractive to mates or some such nonsense. I wanted to dismantle this kind of pseudo-bioanth nonsense, but I haven't gotten around to it.
- Amputations in Antiquity. I just thought it would be fun to check into the evidence for this, particularly in the Roman world, and write a summary post on it.
- Roman Time and Space. This idea came to me when I started thinking about how we (in America, anyway) tend to talk about distance in terms of time. For example, how far is it from your home to your work? 20 minutes? How about from your city to the next major one? 2 hours? I'm not sure if it's our car-based culture or something else that accounts for this conflation of time and space. So I got to thinking about whether the Romans, the original car-based culture, did this as well. But, again, I haven't had time (or the space?) to research this properly.