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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…


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…


Victorian Pseudoscience on a Netflix Budget: “Ancient Apocalypse” and the Paradox of Science Communication Online

The Familiar Strange , November 20th, 2022

As scholars and investigators of conspiracy theory communities have noted, people who cling to these ideas long after they have been demonstrated to be factually false tend to…

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What Do Hair Salons Have to Do with Prayer, Magic, and the Development of Literacy?

Alma Gottlieb , November 18th, 2022

It turns out, the first complete sentence ever written by a human, at least as of what we know now, concerned hair. New archaeological evidence — discovered in…


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…


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,…


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…


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…


Finding Mental Health Issues Hidden in the Past

Sophie Muro , September 8th, 2022

An archaeologist speculates about how to uncover evidence of depression, anxiety, and neurodiversities in ancient humans. ✽ Hi, my name is Paige, and I have generalized anxiety and…


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…


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 …


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…


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…


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…


Platypod, Episode Two: Ableism in Anthropology and Higher Ed

Laura Heath-Stout , August 9th, 2022

In this episode, Platypod presents a conversation between Laura Heath-Stout (Brandeis University) and Rebecca-Eli Long (Purdue University). They discuss their research and experiences of ableism in ac…


What Ancient Stone “Swiss Army Knives” Mean

Amy Mosig Way , June 24th, 2022

Multipurpose ancient stone tools harbor more clues about human sociality than initially meet the eye. Paloma de la Peñ This article was originally published in The Conversation and…


What Ancient Stone “Swiss Army Knives” Mean

SAPIENS , June 24th, 2022

This article was originally published in The Conversation and has been republished under Creative Commons. Humans are the only species to live in every environmental niche in the…


Stop Projecting Nationalism Onto Stonehenge

Gordon Barclay and Kenny Brophy , June 20th, 2022

English Heritage beamed eight portraits of Queen Elizabeth II onto Stonehenge, sparking controversy among archaeologists and the general public. Raj Valley/Alamy In late May, eight images…


Stop Projecting Nationalism Onto Stonehenge

SAPIENS , June 20th, 2022

In late May, eight images of the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II were projected onto the megaliths of Stonehenge to celebrate the monarch’s 70 years on the throne….


Can Machine Learning Translate Ancient Egyptian Texts?

Bree KellyBrian Ballsun-Stanton, Camilla Di Biase-Dyson, and Alexandra Woods , June 9th, 2022

Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs adorn the Temple of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu near Luxor. Vyacheslav Argenberg/Wikimedia Commons I have long been intrigued by archaeogaming—an academic di…


Can Machine Learning Translate Ancient Egyptian Texts?

SAPIENS , June 9th, 2022

A new program aims to use AI to help academics and the public decipher hieroglyphs. Here’s an inside look at how—and whether—it works. ✽ I have long been…


What the Discovery of Denisovan Remains in Laos Means

Kira Westaway, Mike W. Morley, and Renaud Joannes-Boyau , June 7th, 2022

The Tam Ngu Hao 2 Cave in Laos held Denisovan remains—the first ever found in Southeast Asia, showing the expansive geographical reach of this hominin species. Fabrice Demeter/University…