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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…


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…


Did Margaret Mead Think a Healed Femur Was the Earliest Sign of Civilization?

Gideon Lasco , June 16th, 2022

According to a commonly shared story, the anthropologist Margaret Mead was supposedly asked by a student what she thought was the earliest sign of a civilized society. There…


Is Donated Blood a Gift or a Commodity?

Ben Belek , June 14th, 2022

In 1950, human blood was stored for patient use at a U.S. Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Korea. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration/Wikimedia Commons In the spring…


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…


Maize and Okra

Jason Vasser-Elong , June 6th, 2022

I saw big momma once, seated in a wooden chair with hair braided all the way like if you look downriver, you could imagine the chillin’ playing— after…


A Memory of History or History of Memory? – A War Memorial ‘Simpson and His Donkey’

The Familiar Strange , June 5th, 2022

I remember when I was a little girl, I was fascinated with war memorials. Stone colossi towering over people, gravely staring into the infinite as if seeing something…

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Tree Rings Are Evidence of the Megadrought—and Our Doom

Stephen E. Nash , June 2nd, 2022

I love trees. I also love dendrochronology—literally, “the study of tree time.” This science, which uses data derived from tree growth rings, provides scientists with a wealth of…


Crystal Worl’s Countermural Tells a Different History of Alaska

Ben Bridges , June 1st, 2022

Her dark gray eyes scan the horizon. An iridescent golden sun and stars encircle her head, flanked on one side by a cobalt sockeye salmon and the other…


Five Turning Points in the Evolution of Wine

Christopher Howard , May 31st, 2022

Archaeologists have investigated Greek wine containers shipwrecked in the Mediterranean. Cristian Umili/Mondadori Portfolio/Getty Images Contrary to popular belief, the evolution of wine …


Cooking Debris in an Australian Cave Tells a Story of Resilience

Anna Florin, Andrew Fairbairn, and Chris Clarkson , May 26th, 2022

Starting around 4,000 years ago, Bininj (Aboriginal people in Australia) adapted their diets to include more freshwater plants from wetlands, such as those in the Kakadu region (shown…


The Deep Human Story of Collecting Fossils

Sara Toth Stub , May 24th, 2022

The Greek myth of Odysseus and the one-eyed Cyclops may have been inspired by ancient mammoth and mastodon skulls, on which the opening for the trunk looks like…


Here’s How to Make Olive Oil Like an Ancient Egyptian

Emlyn Dodd , May 18th, 2022

“Hand Clutching an Olive Branch,” 1353–1323 B.C., New Kingdom, Amarna Period. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Norbert Schimmel, 1981 This article was originally published at The…


Moments in Places in Time

Lindsay Archuleta , May 9th, 2022

Growing up in the middle of Alaska, there was a window to another world on the wall of my living room. It was like no place I’d ever…

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Reinterpreting Life and Death in Ancient Nubia

Michele R. Buzon , May 4th, 2022

Research team members excavate a tumulus burial structure. Michele R. Buzon This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished with Creative Commons. Circu…


The Amazing Archive of First Nations Stories Written on Stone

, April 27th, 2022

This rock art in Australia features four of Josie Maralngurra’s hand stencils. The Pathway Project This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished under…


SAPIENS Podcast Season 4 Reflections and Celebrations

Chip Colwell , April 21st, 2022

In this live event, a panel of archaeologists and podcasters celebrates the completion of SAPIENS Podcast Season 4 and RadioCIAMS’ SAPIENS Talk Back series. Meet the amazing people…


The Yaghan Rise Again

Jude Isabella , April 20th, 2022

Archaeologist Atilio Francisco Zangrando, foreground, has excavated along the Beagle Channel, or Onashaga in the Yaghan language, since 1998. Katrina Pyne This article was originally publ…


Repatriation Is Our Future

Chip Colwell , April 13th, 2022

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990, or NAGPRA, is supposed to curb the illegal possession of ancestral Native American remains and cultural items. But…


Was the Acropolis a Harem? A Myth of Orientalism

Janric van Rookhuijzen , April 5th, 2022

The Acropolis of Athens has birthed countless tales, some of which appear to be more based on fiction than fact. Oleksandr Troitskyi/Wikimedia Commons This article was originally publishe…


Predominantly White Institutions’ Overtures to Black Students OR This Is What They Tell You Without Telling You

Justin D. Wright , April 4th, 2022

Enslaved people built the Rotunda at the University of Virginia in the 19th century. Chrispecoraro/Getty Images Go to undergrad, go to graduate school, get a Ph.D. heft onto…


Slavery, Sustenance, and Resistance

Chip Colwell , March 30th, 2022

Archaeology helps re-imagine a fuller range of experiences, including how people ate, innovated, and rebelled. In this episode, “slave cuisine” opens a window to honor the legacy of…


At the Limits of Cure for Tuberculosis

Yasaswini Sampathkumar , March 24th, 2022

As part of a tuberculosis screening, a radiologist in Germany examines a lung X-ray of a refugee from the 2022 Russian war in Ukraine. Matthias Balk/Picture Alliance/Getty Images…


Two Pioneering Female Archaeologists

Stephen E. Nash , March 23rd, 2022

Precocious. Prolific. Audacious. Magnanimous. Each of these terms describes archaeologist Hannah Marie Wormington and her protégé Cynthia Irwin-Williams.* As pioneering female archaeologists in an are…