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Can Archaeology Explain the Bread Baking Craze?

Robyn Cutright , June 17th, 2020

[no-caption] Jutta M. Jenning/Flickr As coronavirus social distancing wears on, my social media feeds have changed. Travel photos, parties, and concerts have disappeared, replaced by phot…


How Elders Make Us Human

Jayur Madhusudan Mehta , June 12th, 2020

[no-caption] Matthias Zomer/Pexels On March 23, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick sparked controversy and outrage by suggesting that older people in the United States might be willing to…


Is Celebrity Attention Helping or Hurting Amazonian Peoples?

Carlos D. Londoño Sulkin , June 3rd, 2020

Indigenous peoples in Brazil are dying from COVID-19 at twice the rate of the rest of the country’s population. Here, Indigenous nurses accompany an elderly woman for testing…


Could the Coronavirus Pandemic Be Good for the Environment?

Daniel Salas , May 29th, 2020

[no-caption] Angus Greig SAPIENS host Chip Colwell interviews Elic Weitzel, a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Connecticut, about his recent article for SAPIENS tha…


Rethinking Easter Island’s Historic “Collapse”

Tom Garlinghouse , May 29th, 2020

A row of massive anthropomorphic statues on Easter Island. Henrykkcheung/Flickr Easter Island’s colossal statues loom large—both literally and figuratively—in the popular imagination. The…


Ventilators Alone Won’t Save Us

Livia Garofalo , May 20th, 2020

[no-caption] Juanmonino/Getty Images During an unusually calm shift in the intensive care unit, Barbara (a pseudonym), the experienced doctor on staff, asked me and the resident physician…


Preppers and the Pandemic

Daniel Salas , May 19th, 2020

[no-caption] Angus Greig With the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, the SAPIENS podcast is going viral. In this first episode of season 3, SAPIENS hosts Chip Colwell and…


Are Pandemics Good for the Environment?

Elic Weitzel , May 15th, 2020

Mountain goats roam the streets of Llandudno, in north Wales, in the absence of tourists. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have noted…


COVID-19 and the Turn to Magical Thinking

Hugh Gusterson , May 12th, 2020

The late 19th and early 20th centuries were a time of unprecedented shock and trauma for many Africans. European invaders appeared, armed with guns for which African spears…


Coronavirus Is Killing the Hope of Asylum

Isabella Alexander-Nathani , May 6th, 2020

As orders to “stay at home” swept across the globe in March and April, some questioned what those mandates meant for people without a place to call home,…


The Symbolic Power of Virus Testing

Kristin Hedges , April 30th, 2020

Protests against stay-at-home orders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus have occurred across the country, as shown here in front of the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing….


Venice’s Black Death and the Dawn of Quarantine

Sara Toth Stub , April 24th, 2020

The island of Lazzaretto Nuovo, shown here, was one of the isles where the city of Venice quarantined plague-stricken individuals. Archeoclub d’Italia Sede di Venezia Just beyond th…


Eco-Horror: Facing Climate Change in Minas Gerais, Brazil

Jonathan Wald , February 18th, 2020

Storm clouds over Minas Gerais. Photo by Mariela Guimarães (Pedro Rocha Franco and Jefferson Delbem 2020). The January 2020 floods in Minas Gerais, Brazil were catastrophic for the…


Humans in 2019—From Discoveries to Disasters

Nicola Jones , December 20th, 2019

This image shows various views of the pinky bone of a Denisovan-Neanderthal hybrid found in Siberia. Thomas Higham/University of Oxford Denisovan Deluge This year brought a host of…


Does Generosity Come Naturally?

Daniel Salas , November 19th, 2019

[no-caption] Marcel Hirshegger/SAPIENS When anthropologist Cathryn Townsend headed into the field in 2009 to study generosity, she knew the project was for her. That’s because she was the…


Is a More Generous Society Possible?

Leah Shaffer , February 21st, 2019

A group of women and children from the Ik tribe share a meal. Cathryn Townsend In January 2016, Cathryn Townsend set out to live among “the loveless people.”…


Forecasting Earth Futures

Adam Bobbette , February 5th, 2019

This is the second in a series of posts by scholars who attended the Anthropocene Campus Melbourne, an event hosted in September by Deakin University as part of…


Infrastructure after disasters

megfinn , January 15th, 2019

On October 21, 1868, at approximately eight o’clock in the morning, a major earthquake on the Hayward Fault near Oakland, California shook the Bay Area. The earthquake caused…


Can Honeybees Teach Us How to Live?

Larisa Jasarevic , December 13th, 2018

“Bees know best,” beekeepers in Bosnia-Herzegovina tend to say. Keen observers of hives, Bosnian beekeepers take bees as knowledgeable beings. The bees, they say, concoct complex hive substances,…


For One Forensic Anthropologist, Resilience Is Bone Deep

Anna Goldfield , December 6th, 2018

Jonathan Bethard’s life is anything but dull. He analyzes human remains to determine people’s identities, understand their lifeways, and figure out how they died. And while his work…


Surviving Climate Change in Italy

Dana J. Graef , September 14th, 2018

On a cold, wet afternoon in February 2014, Andrew Mathews stood on a mountain in Tuscany and looked out over the valley below. An environmental anthropologist and a…


The End of the World As We Know It

SAPIENS , September 12th, 2018

[no-caption] David Williams/SAPIENS Listen to the companion episode of SAPIENS: A Podcast for Everything Human! Back in 2008, Chad Huddleston was driving home from work when he saw a stra…


In the Wake of Hurricane Maria, Memes Carry More Than a Little Truth

Amanda J. Guzmán and Natasha A. Fernández-Pérez , May 16th, 2018

After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, many locals channeled their frustrations and sense of humor into creating and sharing memes. Ricardo Arduengo/Getty Images On September 20, 2017, Hu…


For Preppers, the Apocalypse Is Just Another Disaster

Chad Huddleston , March 14th, 2018

[no-caption] David Williams/SAPIENS My first encounter with a group of preppers in St. Louis, Missouri, started at the bar of a restaurant about a decade past its prime….