American Anthropological Association meeting in Minneapolis this week, you can still catch my short talk on how everyone (yes, everyone) can help bring bioarchaeology into the public eye:
The GAD New Directions Award recognizes accomplishments of individuals or groups across diverse media and formats as forms of public anthropology. Common to these is the responsible presentation of anthropological information for a larger public beyond the academy as well as a demonstrated commitment to ethical considerations and methodological rigor.President-elect of the GAD, Bob Myers, told me that I'd gotten the award because "Your energetic style and informative articles across several media and sites is the kind of public anthropology essential for presenting the discipline to a larger world."
|Bob Myers giving me the award!|
|Faaaaancy! And with nice words on it!|
|They had a rotating slide show of the award winners, and I found|
it endlessly hilarious that on this giant slide that says I won, there
is a big ol' pic of me mugging for the camera. Always.
|Terracotta army, via wikimedia commons|
"I think the terracotta warriors may be inspired by Western culture, but were uniquely made by the Chinese. BBC overstated my remarks about Western inspiration and ignored main points I made during the interview," Li told Xinhua. ... "I am an archaeologist, and I value evidence. I've found no Greek names on the backs of Terracotta Warriors, which supports my idea that there was no Greek artisan training the local sculptors," Li said.These quotes are exactly what I'd expect from an archaeologist. As I've said in the Chinese-in-London piece, I don't doubt the premise that there were significant east-west connections during the time of the Greeks and Romans. But, as Carl Sagan was fond of saying, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. That evidence - specifically for individual people found far from home - has not yet piled up, although I suspect it will soon through DNA and isotopes, bolstered by archaeological context (such as the central Asian person found in southeastern Imperial Italy).
|Modified from Kooroshication's Flickr image "Twitter Head" (CC-BY)|
Social media for skeletons.