This Month at Forbes - Dozier Boys, Ancient Laptops, Brown-Eyed Girls, Mardi Gras, Sci-Fi Archaeology, Foot Fungus, and DNA
February may be a short month, but I wrote plenty over at Forbes, including:
- 1 February - Bodies Found at Dozier Boys' School Identified, Families May Get Compensation for Proper Funerals. The final report on Dozier came out in January. Although it didn't hold any major surprises, its findings are still powerful and important.
- 4 February - No, That's Not a Laptop on an Ancient Greek Grave Marker. Not entirely sure why this has to be said, but perhaps the Daily Mail is just trolling me and other classical archaeologists.
- 7 February - The Eyes Have It: Who Is the Real Father of Downton Abbey's Lady Mary?. In this piece, I explain the genetics behind how two blue-eyed parents can have a brown-eyed kid.
- 8 February - An Archaeologist's 'Bead Lust' for Modern Mardi Gras and Ancient Rituals. I interviewed Laurie Wilkie for this piece, as she has spent years studying Mardi Gras and using it as a way to think about past ritual.
- 11 February - Meryl Streep's Two Anthropological Truths and One Lie. The actress tried to answer questions about diversity and ended up mostly failing.
- 18 February - Ancient Roman Lifestyles of the Poor and Infamous. I wrote about the lifestyles of the migrants I found in my own research.
- 19 February - 21st Century Archaeology Is Something Out of Sci-Fi. This clearinghouse post covers three news stories that showcase just how high-tech archaeology is today.
- 21 February - Should We Clone John Lennon from His Hair and Teeth, or Let It Be? Again, not sure it needs to be said, but... no.
- 23 February - Archaeologists Find Medieval Foot Fungus in Portuguese Cemetery. I'm thinking I should have changed the title of this to Archaeologists Discover Bone-Eating Fungus or something, as it didn't get as many hits as I'd hoped. Cool case study, though.
- 24 February - DNA from Earliest Muslim Graves in France Reveals North African Origins. This study is also quite good, with info from historical records, archaeological artifacts, grave styles, and DNA making the case for identifying some of the earliest Muslims in France.
I know that all the changes Forbes has made to ad delivery make the site nearly unreadable. *sigh* So, as always, I appreciate it a lot when you click through and read these pieces. Coming up in March, stories on ancient Greece and technology in archaeology.