News: a new project on death&body in the Neolithic Balkans

I am happy to announce my new postdoc project at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research (University of Cambridge), DivMeanBody: Divergent Meanings: understanding the postmortem fate of human bodies found in Neolithic settlements from the Balkan area in light of interdisciplinary data. The project is designed as an exploration in the construction of the prehistoric body and…

‘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…