What I wrote @Forbes and @mental_floss in June
I just finished writing a book chapter and was feeling pretty flipping good about myself until I realized I've been falling down terribly on my PbO blogging. The Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival is... well, non-existent, it seems. I just can't ever remember to pull together the links from my PbO Facebook page (click on over and "like" it to get all the news as it happens) to create a regular post anymore. The reason, of course, is both the pop-sci book I'm writing on Roman bioarchaeology and my regular blogging gigs... in that vein, here's what I wrote for them in the month of June:
- 15 Intriguing Facts about the Antikythera Mechanism. Who doesn't want to learn what the world's first computer has in common with the Roman general Sulla, Jacques Cousteau, Richard Feyman, and "the bends"?
- 1 June - Healthy 'Vampires' Emerge from Graves in Medieval Polish Cemetery. You know you wanna click... it's vampires!
- 9 June - These Ancient Headless Corpses Were Defleshed by Griffon Vultures. Aww, look at that cute birdie... ahhhh, my eyes!
- 10 June - How You Can Help Archaeologists Save an Ancient Endangered Pueblo Village. The Archaeological Conservancy (a fantabulous non-profit) is crowdfunding to buy and preserve a rather nifty site. Check it out and donate if you can.
- 24 June - Four Human Skeletons Appear in Ancient Shop in Pompeii. Because I'm jealous I'm not there, I wrote up a brief post based on the press release about these skeletons.
- 27 June - Ancient Baby Teeth Reveal Secrets of a Polynesian Empire. Kings, babies, poor dental health, and cool methods? I'm on it!
- 28 June - How Castration and Opera Changed the Skeleton of 19th Century Singer Pacchierotti. Sometimes the headlines just write themselves. But really, the idea that we might be able to tell professional singers from skeletal markers? Hella cool.
Will I ever resurrect the Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival, you might be asking? Chances are slim, unless I magically get an intern or research assistant who can do it for me. So again, enjoy the Forbes and mental_floss posts, and click over to Powered by Osteons on Facebook for the latest skeleton news from around the world!