I’ve been rather quiet (quieter than usual) on the blogging front. Apologies for that.
I’ve been kept very busy over the last week with my new job. That’s right, I’ve finally cracked the world of osteoarchaeology and archaeology, well for 18 months at least anyway.
I’m the Project Co-ordinator for the Heritage Lottery Funded Eastbourne Ancestors Project in the UK.
What the heck is that all about I hear you ask…well check out our page here:
And for those who don’t have Facebook, I’ll explain…
- To fully examine all the human skeletal remains in the Eastbourne Museum Service collection from the Eastbourne area in order to produce a demographic profile of the human remains.
- This analysis will include: age, biological sex, stature, metrical analysis, non-metric traits, physical appearance, facial reconstruction, family connections, migration studies, diet, DNA, isotope studies and pathology.
- We intend to produce a uniform method of analysing and reporting on all the human skeletal remains.
- To complete full analysis and reporting on all human skeletal material in the collection.
- To identify suitable specimens for further examination; isotope analysis, C14, DNA analysis, molecular osteology, x-raying of pathology, microscopy, facial reconstructions, restoration for possible display, moulding and casting.
- All data will be recorded digitally and a full MODES record produced.
- To DNA test a number of local people and compare with DNA from skeletal remains. Does Eastbourne still have any links to its Ancestors?
- To produce a full exhibition of the Project’s results, an academic report and a guide to the Project published at its culmination.
- Training of volunteers, leaving the Museum with a lasting legacy for the recording of newly acquired skeletal and archaeological material.
- Public workshops, talks and demonstrations to be held as the project progresses to disseminate as much information to the widest audience possible.
- Fieldwork exercise alongside the Project to encourage community participation in archaeology and get ‘hands-on’ with their Heritage. We have a Community excavation this summer: check www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk for more info.
- To work with schools and other local educational establishments to encourage participation in the project.