Author: Keridwen Cornelius

Monogamy. Grandmas. Milk. The Evolution of Childhood Is Very Strange.

Keridwen Cornelius , November 22nd, 2022

In a new book, Growing Up Human, a bioarchaeologist chronicles some of the most surprising evolutionary adaptations of babies, parents, and grandparents. This article is excerpted and adapted…


What Commentators Get Wrong (and Right) About North Korea

Keridwen Cornelius , November 17th, 2022

An anthropologist argues that unfair portrayals of North Korea as a hopelessly irrational hermit state has huge implications for policy and security. ✽ This month, North Korea tested…


A Somali Archaeologist Is Championing Heritage in the Horn of Africa

Keridwen Cornelius , November 8th, 2022

An interview with Sada Mire dives into the difficulties and rewards of preserving history and letting local perspectives guide heritage management in Somalia and Somaliland. ✽ Somalia and…


Heritage Forensics Is Tackling Devastating New Forms of Cultural Erasure

Keridwen Cornelius , November 3rd, 2022

In the Caucasus, researchers are using aerospace technology to expose the clandestine obliteration of Armenian cultural heritage. These new methods of archaeology will prove necessary in the global…


The Aztec Antichrist Chronicles Indigenous Resistance and Religious Conversion

Keridwen Cornelius , October 26th, 2022

An exceedingly rare notebook from 16th-century Mexico contains plays about the Antichrist told by the Aztecs’ descendants. An anthropologist recounts his rediscovery of the notebook and explains the…


Aztec Antichrist: A Performance of the Apocalypse

Keridwen Cornelius , October 26th, 2022

A 16th-century play written by the descendants of the Aztecs after the Spanish conquest dramatically reveals Indigenous people’s responses to their religious conversion. Excerpted from Aztec Antichri…


How Can Societies Decolonize Conservation?

Keridwen Cornelius , October 18th, 2022

Two archaeologists reflect on how social hierarchies harm biodiversity and how to move away from conservation efforts based on colonialist values. ✽ When I (Tim) arrived in Hanalei,…


Unsung Native Collaborators in Anthropology

Keridwen Cornelius , October 13th, 2022

Anthropologists such as Franz Boas and Margaret Mead could not have achieved success without their local assistants’ insider knowledge and extensive labor. ✽ Growing up a Brown girl…


Derogatory Place Names Need Indigenous Revision

Keridwen Cornelius , October 6th, 2022

Changing offensive place names on public lands is a strong move toward decolonization. But to heal relationships and address ecological crises, non-Native people must do more. ✽ On…


With So Few Farmers, Why Are Video Games About Farming So Popular?

Keridwen Cornelius , September 29th, 2022

An archaeologist considers what farming simulators reveal about humanity’s ancient and evolving relationship with agriculture. ✽ “I hate when I have to harvest at night,” my husband complained…


In Spain, Scapegoating Spikes During the Pandemic

Keridwen Cornelius , September 22nd, 2022

An anthropologist and a Rroma activist investigate the rise in prejudice and abuse toward Rroma people during the COVID-19 crisis. ✽ During the first wave of the pandemic,…


Are Insomniacs Overthinking Sleep?

Keridwen Cornelius , September 20th, 2022

From WiFi-enabled sleep trackers to wearable brain-altering apps, sleep technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated. But is the antidote to insomnia far more ancient? ✽ You will likely spend…


Excavating My Dad’s Life

Keridwen Cornelius , August 31st, 2022

An archaeologist navigates her dad’s passing by using the methods of her discipline to preserve his office and gain insight into the mysteries of his personality. ✽ In…


An Archaeology of Personhood and Abortion

Keridwen Cornelius , August 25th, 2022

Opinions about fetal personhood and abortion have fluctuated enormously throughout history and differ in surprising ways between cultures. ✽ After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade…


The Problems of Evolution as a “March of Progress”

Keridwen Cornelius , August 16th, 2022

The idea that evolution is a hierarchy of complexity with humans on top lurks in everything from biology classes to politics. It’s time to unlearn this false and…


Did Neanderthals Make Art?

Keridwen Cornelius , August 11th, 2022

Experts continue to debate whether Neanderthals were painters and jewelry-makers. A paleoanthropologist explores the evidence for Neanderthal art and the sources of people’s skepticism. ✽ As a Neande…


Tiny Snails Help Solve a Giant Mystery

Keridwen Cornelius , July 8th, 2021

People must regularly repair and rechalk the Cerne Abbas Giant, or “Rude Man,” in Dorset, England, to prevent it from becoming overgrown, carrying on a practice that stretches…


Did Processed Foods Make Us Human?

Keridwen Cornelius , November 24th, 2020

Anthropologist Bill Schindler uses techniques developed thousands of years ago to prepare fresh-caught salmon during the filming of National Geographic’s The Great Human Race. Luke Cormack …


Pandemic Bakers Bring the Past to Life

Keridwen Cornelius , August 20th, 2020

Experimental archaeologist Farrell Monaco re-creates the baking techniques of ancient Romans to produce classic breads such as the panis quadratus. Farrell Monaco Around 2000 B.C., a bake…