Those who know me in person know just how very, very bad I am at keeping secrets of the awesome-news variety. So it's particularly surprising that I have kept these announcements under wraps for as long as I have. But now that the contracts are all signed...
First up -- I'm blogging for Forbes!
- Ever wished that there were more PbO posts to read on a regular basis? Well, you're in luck because I'm now writing a blog for Forbes on archaeology and anthropology, with 5 or more posts coming out per month.
- What does this mean for PbO? Well, I still plan to put serial posts here, like Bones reviews, the Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival, and Who needs an osteologist? The Forbes platform, though, will let me expand considerably on those RBC items, on archaeological topics in the news, and other things I find interesting. I also plan to use PbO to continue to write about my teaching successes (and perhaps even failures) and other academic stuff. I'll certainly post links to the Forbes stuff here, though.
- The take-away for readers: Please come visit me at Forbes, and not just because I get a monetary cut of the traffic generated by the posts (woo!), but because you all consistently have awesome comments and someone will need to help me fend off the inevitable trolls!
- The take-away for fellow researchers: Do you have interesting research I can highlight? Please get in touch -- send an article, a figure, a photo, and a blurb about why your stuff is awesome. I'll be blogging about archaeology, bioarch, and classics, so if your work fits into those categories, do let me know!
- Ever wished that you could read slightly longer PbO posts on dead trees rather than online? Well, you're in luck, because I have a contract with Johns Hopkins University Press to write a book that is a series of case studies about what skeletons can tell us about the ancient Romans. The title is tentatively These Old Roman Bones - What Bioarchaeology Tells Us about Life in the Roman Empire.
- What does this mean for PbO? Well, as above, the old favorites will still be posted here. Short, timely news items will be posted at Forbes. Anything that doesn't fit into Forbes or the book will go here. Basically, tangential but cool things I learn as I do research for the book will almost certainly become blog posts.
- The take-away: Please buy my book when it comes out. It'll be like a cross between As the Romans Did and Dead Men Do Tell Tales with case-study-type chapters like "Monsters, Dwarfs, and Eunuchs." If you want to score a copy of the book for free, I plan to have a few give-aways once I get my copies from the publisher... in, like, the fall of 2016. (No one said writing a book was a fast process!)