Earlier this month at the BABAO conference (British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology) I presented a poster in the Infectious Disease session. I was incredibly pleased to be awarded the Bill White prize. You can see the poster (and GIFS of the interactive panels) below!* If you are coming to the Day of the Dead conference next month you’ll be able to see this poster in the flesh (paper)!


Click to embiggen (A0). For a smaller (but still big enough to read A1 size poster, click here!)

Interactive Panels:



Given that I didn’t have a PDF of this poster to re-print at A4 as handouts, people were instead given the option of taking a handy ‘Are There Black Death Victims in My Cemetery?‘ flow chart.

*As you can see, this poster is hand drawn. The above is a digital facsimile created using an iPad and a photo-stitching programme, so do forgive any wonky-ness.

24 responses to “#PlaguePoster

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  2. This is hands down one of the best posters I’ve ever seen. You’ve managed to achieve the near impossible feat of making a tricky concept comprehensible to the layperson, but still interesting to specialists. How long did it take you to plan out and put together?

    • I’m generally much quicker at doing things by hand. Even though I’ve no problem designing things on my computer, I tend to fiddle with things until they’re just so, figuring if it’s digital it should be precise. I actually made an error – designing it as landscape (which I prefer), but the conference guidelines were portrait so I had to do a quick shuffle around. 🙂 Although I knew I wanted to present something that was memorable, opposed to a more… traditional conference poster, the idea to do it by hand was actually just because I was on fieldwork and with no access to electricity during my breaks (although I did at home on the night)! I decided just to risk it for a biscuit. All said and done it was probably a few working days from start to finish.

      • You’ve really managed something special here – presenting some heavy-duty research in a specialised field in a way that is educational, entertaining, aesthetically pleasing … and all without dumbing down the content for the non-specialist audience (like me). Brilliant!

  3. Best poster I have seen in years – identifying your concepts, processes, and results in a logical and easy to understand way… but your novel display hooks the reader. Well done!

    • Thanks! I do hope it makes other people think about their conference presentations – although I hope we don’t end up in a positon where we’re all competing to out-do each other with ever more elaborate posters… the research is still key! 😀

  4. Gosh, that was fascinating! I love information presented in a way that’s fun and easy to digest — still with a focus on the data, but with equal focus on the interpretation. Plus, cute stick-limbed people!

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