Tag: ArchaeologyPage 1 of 17

A Hidden Figure in North American Archaeology

Stephen E. Nash , January 20th, 2022


As a historian of science, I am interested in determining who gets credit for scientific discoveries and why. Sadly, credit often goes to the powerful and connected, not…


→SAPIENS

Meet the Ancient Technologists Who Changed Everything

Nicholas R. Longrich , January 14th, 2022


The idea of crafting and using beads as ornamentation may have spread from North Africa outward to other parts of the African continent and to Europe. Nicholas R….


→SAPIENS

My Tribute to Richard Leakey

Bernard Wood , January 10th, 2022


Richard Leakey and his teams’ fossil discoveries profoundly shaped our knowledge of human origins. Keith Beaty/Toronto Star/Getty Images On January 2, paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey d…


→SAPIENS

What a Shipwreck’s Tree Rings Reveal

Wendy van Duivenvoorde, Aoife Daly, and Marta Domínguez Delmás , January 6th, 2022


Tree rings in a cross section of an oak hull plank from the ship Batavia, which sank in 1629, hold clues to the 17th-century timber trade in Europe….


→SAPIENS

The Last Wild Lions of Europe

Katarina Zimmer , January 4th, 2022


In this ornament found in Mycenae, Greece, lions leap upon their prey. Nancy Thomas Once upon a time, people near the valley of Nemea in southern Greece lived…


→SAPIENS

Screen Memory, Social Distancing & Speculative Fiction: The Geek Anthropologist 2021 in Review

emmalouisebackeanthro , January 1st, 2022


2021 wasn’t quite the year we anticipated, nor does the conclusion of the year feel like it does justice to the warped sense of time, distance, and stasis…


→The Geek Anthropologist

When Biblically Inspired Pseudoscience and Clickbait Cause Looting

Morag M. Kersel, Meredith S. Chesson, and Austin "Chad" Hill , December 15th, 2021


Archaeologist and co-author Morag M. Kersel stands in one of thousands of looters’ pits at the Early Bronze Age cemetery of Bâb adh-Dhrâʿ in Jordan. Yorke M. Rowan…


→SAPIENS

You Won’t Survive the Apocalypse Alone

Chris Begley , December 14th, 2021


Cooperation and kindness are key qualities necessary for surviving disasters, as demonstrated by the volunteers who distributed donated supplies after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City. Robe…


→SAPIENS

The Blockbuster Exhibit That Shouldn’t Have Been

Stephen E. Nash , November 30th, 2021


Museum professionals often point to the 1972 to 1981 Treasures of Tutankhamun tour as the beginning of the blockbuster exhibit era, in which museums host exhibitions that appeal…


→SAPIENS

5 Questions About the History of Humanity

Daniel Salas , November 23rd, 2021


Join us LIVE for a 25-minute Q&A with archaeologist and author David Wengrow to discuss his New York Times bestselling book The Dawn of Everything: A New History of…


→SAPIENS

Five Ways Native American Communities Honor Turkeys

Cyler Conrad , November 23rd, 2021


Ancient Indigenous peoples who lived in what is today the U.S. Southwest carved turkey bones into flutes, such as these from the site of Pecos Pueblo in New…


→SAPIENS

SAR Field Trips: A Wonderful Combination

Sarah Soliz , November 16th, 2021


Guest post by Jean and John Berghoff.   New to membership in 2021 and seeking opportunities to better understand the Native American h…


→School for Advanced Research

Repatriation Has Transformed, Not Ended, Research

Chelsea H. Meloche, Laure Spake, and Katherine L. Nichols , November 16th, 2021


“Wheel,” by the Cheyenne-Arapaho artist Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds is situated outside the Denver Art Museum. The artwork evokes Indigenous peoples’ efforts to counter…


→SAPIENS

5 Questions About Eating Like a Human

Daniel Salas , November 9th, 2021


In this free live event, SAPIENS Media and Public Outreach Fellow Yoli Ngandali asks archaeologist, primitive technologist, and chef Bill Schindler about his new book, Eat Like a…


→SAPIENS

Five Breakthrough Signs of Early Peoples in the Americas

Anna Goldfield , November 4th, 2021


A lot of ink has been spilled in archaeological debates about the human occupation of the continents known today as North and South America. When did people arrive?…


→SAPIENS

Alchemy, Metallurgy, and Modern Chemistry in Post-Medieval Europe: An Intersection of Archaeological Science and the History of Science

Yi-Ting Hsu , November 2nd, 2021


Oil on Canvas of a experimental demonstration, public domain What is the first image conjured up in your mind by the word “alchemy”? Influenced by popular culture, it…


→Platypus

Ancient Art Deep in the Southeastern United States

Jan Simek , October 26th, 2021


The author has helped document extensive ancient cave art in the Southeastern U.S. Alan Cressler This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished under…


→SAPIENS

Scholar, Mentor, Trailblazer: Linda Cordell’s Influence on Contemporary Archaeology

Sarah Soliz , October 19th, 2021


Guest post by Emily Santhanam, SAR Anne Ray Intern 2020–2021   Women in archaeology have come a long way. They now comprise half of al…


→School for Advanced Research

What Drove Homo Erectus Out of Africa?

Josie Glausiusz , October 14th, 2021


The ‘Ubeidiya site today is an expanse of grasses. Concealed from this view are slabs of fossilized pebbly clay, a source of ancient finds that have helped scholars…


→SAPIENS

Did an Asteroid Shape This Famous Biblical Story?

Christopher R. Moore , October 13th, 2021


Ancient ruins show the cosmic impact’s destruction layer about midway down exposed walls. Phil Silvia This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished un…


→SAPIENS

Do Stolen Sacred Objects Experience Culture Shock?

Stephen E. Nash , October 11th, 2021


Early on the gray, dreary, morning of September 23, I landed at the Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., after a 36-hour journey from Kilifi, on Kenya’s coast….


→SAPIENS

Did Aliens Build the Pyramids? And Other Racist Theories

Stephanie Halmhofer , October 5th, 2021


The Egyptian pyramids are a focal point for conspiracy theories about alien intervention. Sheilapic76/Flickr One afternoon in June, I found an email in my inbox from Atlantis Rising:…


→SAPIENS

Mutual Aid in Archaeology: The Black Trowel Collective Microgrants

Uzma Z. Rizvi , October 1st, 2021


An interview with the Black Trowel Collective conducted during the Summer of 2021. June 22nd, 2021 marked a year for the Black Trowel Collective (BTC) microgrants program, and…


→anthro{dendum}

Archaeology’s Role in Finding Missing Indigenous Children in Canada

Eric Simons and Katherine L. Nichols , September 29th, 2021


A memorial of 104 orange hearts, created by the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation’s Tiwahe (family) Services, stands in honor of missing children from the Brandon Indian Residential School…


→SAPIENS