Last night I gave a talk at Ziferblab, a short lecture series at the anti-cafe Ziferblat (drinks and snacks are free, but you pay by the hour). It was my first public lecture since completing my PhD. The subject was as follows:

How do our bones reflect the type of activities we do? Are there differences based on biological factors? As a bioarchaeologist, I build a picture of what life was like in ancient times by examining the skeletons of long-dead individuals. We can track historic and prehistoric changes in environment, social roles, and diet based on this skeletal data. I’m particularly interested in skewering the common misconception that women in ancient societies were solely performing childcare and household tasks and men were only hunting, a theory proposed in the 1960s and quickly taken as truth for all cultures worldwide.

It was powerpoint-free, so I only had this as my slide:


And I looked like Professor McGonagall, standing on the lectern.


I was really pleased to share the stage (corner) with some other great speakers including my friend Ash, who researches bees and spoke about how honeybees make collective decisions.

If you’ve just landed here from the Ziferblab facebook page, you should probably head straight over to the Linkmania page to read a ton of articles about fascinating subjects. Alternately, you can scroll down and read some things I’ve written interspersed with other fascinating links. Some of my favorites are on archaeological racism, psychological stress in animals, and why you shouldn’t touch things in museums.