Monday, April 1, 2013
Fast forward to junior year of high school in my anatomy class. We did some pretty awesome projects in that class but my favorite was our final exam. For the exam we were given a skeleton (casts of course not really bones) and had to put it back together in an hour. That was when I knew I had to do something with bones in college. I started reading all I could about bones in forensic work, anthropology, and consequently found out about the body farm in Tennessee which you all know I am also obsessed with. I'm even planning to have my body donated there when I die (morbid to some, awesome to me).
Let's fast forward again to my junior year of college when I took my forensic archaeology class. This was by far one of my favorite classes and I'm planning on doing a whole post on the subject later on this week. So for our final for this class we had to dig up a burial site that another class has buried bones and artifacts related to this persons death. We fully excavated the site, examined all bones and artifacts in the lab, and determined the manner of death.
Then it was our turn. We came up with our own scenario, artifacts, and figured out how we were going to arrange all the bones and items in the grave. What we came up with was this: our victim (one of my classmates) was riding his bike home from class when the killer (which I got to be) struck him with her car. The killer than buried the body outside of the Anthropology building (convenient, I know). To achieve our burial scene, we first from the leg bones in liquid nitrogen and then shattered them to simulate a car hitting the legs of the victim. Yes, it was as awesome as it sounds to do. In the grave we but the bones, an inner tube from a bike, my old set of glasses, his old student ID, my old name tag from the housing office, and other miscellaneous artifacts.
That class was definitely a highlight in my undergrad career. The other bone highlight would be my undergraduate research at the Matson Museum of Anthropology at my school. My focus in my research was on creating a biological anthropology section of the museum. One of my exhibits in the section was a evolutionary discovery timeline. To create this I got to "play" with all the casts of the hominids that we had in our collections. Another one of the exhibits I created was about animal bones and how they were similar and/or different from human bones. The picture above I took in the biological anthropology lab of all the bones I got to "play" with. Yes, I was basically like a kid in a candy shop getting to handle those bones and/or casts.
There are days that go by that I really miss handling those bones (hehehe) and taking those classes. Still my love of bones and my yearning to learn more about them has never stopped. I still squeal like a little girl when I read about bone discovered both evolutionary and otherwise. It is a passion that my now tech heavy Master's Program will never squash. In fact for my final project for my spatial database class I'm hoping to create a database of the evolutionary discoveries to organize them by the area they were discovered in. That spark is back and I can't wait to start working on this project.
Now remember, this blog post is part of the blog party Witches in Fiction 2013... to the Bone hosted by Pagan Culture's Magaly (who is a fellow bone lover). Head on over to her blog to see where the party continues and some lovely goodies she's giving away!
Posted by Sam Curtin at 8:06 AM