Author: Marlaina Martin

The Dangers of Ancient Apocalypse’s Pseudoscience

Marlaina Martin , December 6th, 2022


Reviewing Netflix’s Ancient Apocalypse, an anthropologist explains how its host Graham Hancock devalues both archaeology and Indigenous heritage. This article was originally published at The Conversa…


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How Diverse Was Medieval Britain?

Marlaina Martin , November 29th, 2022


An archaeologist explains how studies of ancient DNA and objects reveal that expansive migrations led to much greater diversity in medieval Britain than most people imagine today. This…


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Do Mountains Have Souls?

Marlaina Martin , November 15th, 2022


An anthropologist explores the resurgence of “new Animism”—interest in spiritual practices that recognize the interrelationships among animals, places, plants, and people. This article was originally…


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The Family Lives of the Last Neanderthals

Marlaina Martin , November 2nd, 2022


Two anthropologists explain a novel genetic analysis of ancient DNA and artifacts that suggests Neanderthals in Siberia lived in close-knit communities. This article was originally published at The C…


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Hunting Down the Facts About Paleo Diets

Marlaina Martin , October 27th, 2022


An evolutionary anthropologist argues that Paleolithic diets were much more varied than people think based on his research with the Hadza community, contemporary hunter-gatherers in Tanzania. This ar…


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Will a Nobel Prize Make Paleogenomics More Accountable?

Marlaina Martin , October 19th, 2022


An anthropologist offers possible directions for ancient DNA studies moving forward—especially regarding the field’s complex histories with Indigenous communities and public education. This article w…


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Why Indigenous Fire Management Works

Marlaina Martin , October 11th, 2022


Three researchers use a study of the cypress pine in Arnhem Land, Australia, to explain why large-scale, institutional fire management is inferior to sustainable cultural burning. This article…


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Extracting Hominin Evolution From Fossilized Teeth

Marlaina Martin , October 4th, 2022


Two anthropologists explain how analyses of oxygen isotopes from 17-million-year-old ape teeth could lead to new insights on early human evolution amid environmental changes. This article was origina…


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Was Our Skin Meant for the Sun?

Marlaina Martin , September 28th, 2022


An anthropologist examines the history of human skin under the sun, revealing how evolution and culture conspired to shape our outermost organ. This article was originally published at…


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Misperceiving Life Expectancy in the Deep Past

Marlaina Martin , September 14th, 2022


An archaeologist explains that most people do not calculate life expectancy correctly. This leads to misunderstandings. This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republis…


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Archaeology at the Borders of the Refugee Crisis

Marlaina Martin , September 7th, 2022


Archaeological methods, which are typically used to study the past, can also illuminate the experiences of today’s displaced people. This article was originally published at Knowable Magazine and…


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What Ended This Hub of Ancient Maya Life?

Marlaina Martin , September 1st, 2022


A bioarchaeologist reflects on how a team of scientists investigated various elements that contributed to the destabilization and ultimate breakdown of Mayapán. This article was originally published …


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A Reader’s Question About Surviving the Ice Age

Marlaina Martin , August 24th, 2022


An anthropologist describes the multiple ice ages of the Earth’s past and how our species survived the most recent one. This article was originally published at The Conversation…


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