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Social Anthropology: Research


Bones Collective

Exploring the affective presence and emotive materiality of human bones.

The Bones Collective is an international and interdisciplinary research network of anthropologists, archaeologists, artists based at the University of Edinburgh who share an interest in human bones. We have hosted various events including a seminar series, workshop and conference panel, and numerous less formal conversations through which we have explored the affective presence and emotive materiality of human bones. We are keen to forge creative and constructive links with scholars elsewhere who share these interests and are working on related themes.

Statement of Interests

Our original "mainfesto" concerning the emotive materiality and affective presence of human remains.

People and Publications

Contact information for founder-members and key players in the Collective, along with select publications.



Events, Calls for Papers and Publication Announcements linked to the Collective and its members.


Bones In The News

BBC Richard III

A collection of online news items relating to bones, human remains, recent archaeological finds and related issues.


Overview of the work of the Bones Collective.

For further information, contact: 
John Harries
Joost Fontein


Joosts Jawbone