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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….


Fuel Maps: Digitizing Grass and Sensing Fire in Brazil

colinhoag , December 21st, 2021

Guilherme M. Fagundes, Princeton University § Part and parcel of the technological repertoire in wildland fire management, fuel maps invite us to reflect on the everyday life of…


A Window on Humanity’s Turbulent 2021

Nicola Jones , December 16th, 2021

[no-caption] John Finney Photography/Getty Images Amid forest fires, the storming of the U.S. Capitol, private space flights and more, 2021 saw the pandemic bed in. Each time it…


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…


Does DNA Simplify or Complicate Repatriation Claims?

Sarah Wild , December 8th, 2021

University of Cape Town archaeologist Simon Hall leads a visit to the farm in Sutherland, South Africa, from which the remains of several individuals were taken a century…


The Humans We Haven’t Met Yet

Jeffrey H. Schwartz , December 2nd, 2021

At the Sima de los Huesos (“Pit of the Bones”) archaeological site in Spain, researchers recovered DNA from 417,000-year-old hominin fossils that may be the ancestors of Neanderthals….


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…


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…


The Sisters of Loretto Share a Kinship With the Earth

Jeffrey Shenton , November 11th, 2021

The Sisters of Loretto, a women’s religious community, prioritize environmental stewardship at their working farm in rural Kentucky. Cody Rakes This month, global delegates have been gath…


“Of Peccaries and People: Perception and Politics in the Texas Hill Country” RAI Anthropology and Conservation Conference Talk 2021

Anthropology365 , November 5th, 2021

On October 27, I presented some of my preliminary research at the Royal Anthropological Institute’s 2021 Anthropology and Conservation conference at the “Living with Diversity in a More-t…

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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?…


“Of People and Peccaries: Perception and Politics in the Texas Hill Country” Transcript (RAI Anthropology and Conservation 2021)

Anthropology365 , October 15th, 2021

Presentation Slides: Of People and Peccaries PresentationDownload INTRODUCTION On my first day of fieldwork, I climbed a steep hill where my collaborator, Roger, reported a group of javelina…

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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…


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:…


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…


A Rat’s Journey There and Back Again

Anthropology365 , September 14th, 2021

In early August of this year, my partner and I took a much needed vacation to South Padre Island. While visiting, we decided to go snorkeling in Laguna…

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How Pottery Offers Glimpses Into Ancient Foodways

Carolyn Wilke , September 8th, 2021

[no-caption] The Archaeological Mission in the Sahara This article was originally published at Knowable Magazine and has been republished under Creative Commons. Unearthed from the graves…


Will Bog Archaeology Fade Away?

Nathaniel Scharping , August 31st, 2021

Archaeologists excavate a bog in Hatfield Moors, England, to uncover Late Stone Age structures. Henry Chapman In the southernmost tip of Sweden, just over an hour from neighboring…


“Stop the Shot”: Resistance through Science, Religion, and Law

Maximilian C. Forte , August 20th, 2021

On August 4, an interesting event took place: “Stop the Shot”. This was a video press conference organized by the Truth for Health Foundation in the US, which…


Haunted by My Teaching Skeleton

Michelle A. Rodrigues , August 17th, 2021

Museum storage facilities, such as this one in Germany, often hold the remains of human beings. Jens Büttner/Picture Alliance/Getty Images There is something unsettling about being alone …


Five Questions for Anna Goldfield

Yoli Ngandali , August 11th, 2021

In this free live event, Yoli Ngandali, SAPIENS Media & Public Outreach Fellow, asks Anna Goldfield five questions about human evolutionary biology and Neanderthals. Anna Goldfield holds a Ph.D….


Stop Calling the Aleutians Pristine

Ariel Taivalkoski , August 10th, 2021

Most of the Aleutian Islands are today unpopulated. Ariel Taivalkoski The Aleutian Islands, which stretch 1,100 miles across the Bering Sea from the Alaska Peninsula, are commonly describ…


What Do Goats and Wars Have to Do With Glacier Loss?

Karine Gagné , August 3rd, 2021

A local guide stands near Shali Kangri glacier in the Ladakh region of the Indian Himalayas. Hélène Lapierre-Messier For scientists, the layers of ice that make up glaciers…


What Misspellings Reveal About Cultural Evolution

Helena Miton , July 28th, 2021

[no-caption] DrAfter123/Getty Images Something about me must remind people of a blind 17th-century poet. My last name, Miton, is French, yet people outside of France invariably misspell i…