‘Two infant hands in jars, lifelike in lace sleeves’

Thanks to Brill publishers I had the opportunity to review a recent title focused on the History of Anatomical Collections-  Elegant Anatomy. The Eightheenth-Century Leiden Anatomical Collections by the historian of science and medicine Marieke M. A. Hendriksen. The analysis centres on the 18th century Leiden anatomical collections, currently housed in several institutions – Leiden University Medical Centre’s Anatomical Museum, Leiden…

Is the body in pieces at peace? And what role do osteoarchaeologists play in shaping a certain body narrative?

“I find myself opposed to the view of knowledge as a copy, a passive copy of reality…knowing an object does not mean copying it- it means acting upon it.It means constructing systems of transformations that can be carried out on or with this object…”(Piaget 1968 cited Turkle 2007, 87) 6 years ago I started my…

A day in the life of an academic/postdoc

Every year I fully enjoy reading The Day of Archaeology posts, and seeing how various colleagues are spending their day. But what happens ‘behind the scenes’ in the rest of the time? Writing From blog posts to book reviews, articles or book (chapters), there always seems to be something in need of being written down. Proper…

From the Earliest Skeletal Evidence of Autopsy in the New World to disturbing bodies: new titles

In the last couple of months I’ve come across several recently released body-related titles which sound like they deserve some attention: The Bioarchaeology of Dissection and Autopsy in the United States. Editor: Kenneth C. Nystrom. Springer 2016. From the earliest skeletal evidence of anatomy in the US, to postmortem manipulations of the human body, this title aims…

‘Please don’t forget me’. The story of Paraschiva Candoiu, the lady with no hands from the ‘Francisc I. Rainer’ archive

Aleksandr Sokurov, in his latest movie, Francofonia,  wonders through the halls of the Louvre and looks into the eyes captured on canvas, through oil and paint- those painters did us a favour, he says, as they captured the souls, and through the souls the whole worlds those eyes had witnessed. Well, an Archive is a very similar place, a space where long…