Bones, Bodies, and Blogs: Outreach and Engagement in Bioarchaeology

Katy Meyers Emery1 and Kristina Killgrove2

1. Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University, USA. http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7093-4173 meyersk6@msu.edu
2. Department of Anthropology, University of West Florida, USA. http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0452-3856 killgrove@uwf.edu

Cite this as: Meyers Emery, K. and Killgrove, K. (2015). Bones, Bodies, and Blogs: Outreach and Engagement in Bioarchaeology, Internet Archaeology 39. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.39.5

Summary

Surprisingly few bioarchaeology blogs currently exist, but their numbers belie their reach. In this article, we survey the ecology of the bioarchaeology blogosphere and address the impact of blogging in bioarchaeology, specifically addressing its utility in outreach and public engagement. In providing specific examples from our collective decade of blogging and from other bioarchaeology bloggers, we provide best practices to encourage bioarchaeologists who may want to add their voices to this sphere. The difficulties and potential issues of blogging bioarchaeology are far outweighed by the benefits of expanding communication and furthering disciplinary engagement in an increasingly digital world. We call on bioarchaeologists to be protagonists and advocates of our discipline.

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