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  • Penghu 1 – A New East Asian Fossil Hominid
    Kambiz Kamrani
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:43 pm
    The recovered jawbone of Penghu 1 reveals it belonged to a new species with large teeth. Y. KAIFU Penghu 1 is a mandible with an interesting discovery; Taiwanese fishermen dredged up the jawbone off the coast of Penghu Channel. The fishermen sold it to a local antique shop, where collector Kun-Yu Tsai purchased and donated it to his collection to the National Museum of Natural Science in Taiwan. Location of Penghu-1 Tentative dates on this specimen are about 200,000 years old and the mandible is unlike other hominids. The jaw is short and wide with large dentition, unlike sapiens, erectus,…
  • Journal of Human Evolution "Ancient DNA and Human Evolution" special issue

    Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:18 pm
    is here.
  • Mount Carmel student among Slifer House interns

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    29 Jan 2015 | 1:10 am
    LEWISBURG - Slifer House Museum, on the campus of RiverWoods, welcomes a Mount Carmel native as one of five Susquehanna University students doing internships during the 2015 spring semester. Justin Skavery, a sophomore anthropology/history major and Asian studies minor, joins the museum staff under the supervision of Dr. John Bodinger de Uriarte, associate professor of Anthropology. Skavery and ...
  • Ben Wang: A Student Researcher and Food Lover

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    29 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    Ben Wang, a senior Evolutionary Anthropology major from New Jersey, strongly believes we are what we eat. A foodie, scientist, and future health care practitioner, he thinks that changing food habits can improve our nation’s health.
  • This National Anthropology Day, Make It Minty

    Savage Minds
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:17 pm
    As many of you know, National Anthropology Day Is Coming. Since this novel holiday first reared its arbitrary and conventional head a few weeks ago, people have been asking: how can we celebrate National Anthropology Day? The answer, my friends, is: Mint. That’s right: 19 February is also National Chocolate Mint day. Rejoice! What better way to celebrate our discipline than with mint chip ice-cream, thin mint cookies, mint juleps, and alcoholic shamrock shakes. Expect more minty recipes for National Anthropology Day in a future SM post, or share yours below in the comments! Now, to be…
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  • Ben Wang: A Student Researcher and Food Lover

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    Ben Wang, a senior Evolutionary Anthropology major from New Jersey, strongly believes we are what we eat. A foodie, scientist, and future health care practitioner, he thinks that changing food habits can improve our nation’s health.
  • Mount Carmel student among Slifer House interns

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:10 am
    LEWISBURG - Slifer House Museum, on the campus of RiverWoods, welcomes a Mount Carmel native as one of five Susquehanna University students doing internships during the 2015 spring semester. Justin Skavery, a sophomore anthropology/history major and Asian studies minor, joins the museum staff under the supervision of Dr. John Bodinger de Uriarte, associate professor of Anthropology. Skavery and ...
  • Anthropology: Ancient skull from Galilee cave offers clues to the first modern Europeans

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    ( The Hebrew University of Jerusalem ) The discovery of a 55,000-year-old skull in Northern Israel provides new insights into the migration of modern humans. The skull has a bun-shaped region at the back resembling modern African and European skulls, suggesting the people of this area could be closely related to the first modern humans that colonized Europe. It also indicates that modern humans ...
  • Australopithecus africanus: Strong hands for a precise grip

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:45 am
    ( Max-Planck-Gesellschaft ) Pre-Homo human ancestral species, such as Australopithecus africanus, used human-like hand postures much earlier than was previously thought
  • Human ancestors used hands just as modern humans 3m years ago

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:26 pm
    Washington, Jan. 23 (ANI): A new study has recently revealed that human ancestors used their hands just as modern humans 3 million years ago. It has been suggested that pre-Homo human ancestral species, such as Australopithecus africanus, used human-like hand postures much earlier than was previously thought. Anthropologists from the University of Kent, working with researchers from University ...
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  • Mapping Ötzi’s Tattoos

    Kambiz Kamrani
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:24 pm
    A closer look at some of Iceman’s tattoos. (Credit: Marco Samadelli) All 62 of Ötzi’s tattoos have been mapped. They are mostly located over joint spaces and are thought to play a therapeutic role given he suffered from degenerative joint disease. We will never know if these were tattoos served as markers for therapy, like acupuncture, or they were treatment themselves. The full text publication can be found in the Journal of Cultural Heritage.Filed under: Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology Tagged: Ötzi, Cultural Anthropology, culture, iceman, medical anthropology, tattoo, tattoos
  • Penghu 1 – A New East Asian Fossil Hominid

    Kambiz Kamrani
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:43 pm
    The recovered jawbone of Penghu 1 reveals it belonged to a new species with large teeth. Y. KAIFU Penghu 1 is a mandible with an interesting discovery; Taiwanese fishermen dredged up the jawbone off the coast of Penghu Channel. The fishermen sold it to a local antique shop, where collector Kun-Yu Tsai purchased and donated it to his collection to the National Museum of Natural Science in Taiwan. Location of Penghu-1 Tentative dates on this specimen are about 200,000 years old and the mandible is unlike other hominids. The jaw is short and wide with large dentition, unlike sapiens, erectus,…
  • 430,000 Year Old Shell Engravings By Homo Erectus from Trinil, Java

    Kambiz Kamrani
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Wim Lustenhouwer/VU University Amsterdam. A shell found on Java in the late 1800s was recently found to bear markings that seem to have been carved intentionally half a million years ago. The photograph is about 15 millimetres wide. The engraved shell pictured come from a freshwater mussel species that were collected in the 1890s by the Dutch paleontologist Eugène Dubois, from Trinil. The first H. erectus calvarium was also found there. Duboid brough home many other artifacts as well and were stored away in Leiden, Netherlands. Henk Caspers/Naturalis. The shell, from a freshwater mussel,…
  • Kostenki 14 – A 36,000 Year Old European

    Kambiz Kamrani
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Just what makes a European? European genetic ancestry used to seem straightforward and in general is now understood as an admixture of three sources; indigenous European hunter-gatherers from 42,00 to 45,000 ago, Middle Easterners from the agricultural revolution 10,000 years ago, and Central Asians who charged through Europe in the last 4,000 to 5,000 years. Last month, a paper in Nature, suggested at each entity entered Europe by way of a separate migrations and only coalesced in the last 5,000 years. A new study published in yesterday’s Science changes this suggestion. The 1954…
  • The Story of Place

    Kambiz Kamrani
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:44 am
    The Story of Place is a short film about the unprotected territory of the Greater Canyonlands. This film follows Craig Childs, Ace Kvale and Jim Enote, who narrate the story of this grand landscape, and its pivotal role in the peopling the Americas. This region of southeastern Utah is a veritable well of human culture history. You may know of Canyonlands National Park as a colorful landscape created by rivers eroding into countless canyons, mesas, and buttes. This National Park was created by President Lyndon Johnson on September 12, 1964 and is divided into four districts: the Island in the…
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  • Why I like typewriters

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:21 am
    This is my last post as a guest blogger for Savage Minds. I have enjoyed this experience of connecting with so many anthropologists. I want to thank the Savage Minds team for giving me this opportunity to discuss ethnographic writing, and to everyone who offered their thoughts and comments on my posts. Since this is my final contribution, I thought I would end on a personal note and share a short homage to typewriters. A vintage German business typewriter from the 1930s. As you may have noticed, many images of old typewriters accompanied my posts on writing this month. These photos are not…
  • This National Anthropology Day, Make It Minty

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:17 pm
    As many of you know, National Anthropology Day Is Coming. Since this novel holiday first reared its arbitrary and conventional head a few weeks ago, people have been asking: how can we celebrate National Anthropology Day? The answer, my friends, is: Mint. That’s right: 19 February is also National Chocolate Mint day. Rejoice! What better way to celebrate our discipline than with mint chip ice-cream, thin mint cookies, mint juleps, and alcoholic shamrock shakes. Expect more minty recipes for National Anthropology Day in a future SM post, or share yours below in the comments! Now, to be…
  • Legality, race, and inequality: An interview with Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz (Part I)

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:27 pm
    Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz is an assistant professor of anthropology at Loyola University Chicago. Her 2011 book, Labor and Legality, explores the work and social lives of undocumented busboys in Chicago. Since 2011, Gomberg-Muñoz has been conducting ethnographic research with mixed status couples as they go through the process of legalization; a book manuscript based on that research is in the works. Ryan Anderson: For decades many of the debates about immigration in the US focus on legality. Politicians and pundits often speak in terms of following — and breaking — the law. But in…
  • Seeking New Around the Web Intern for 2015

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:05 am
    [UPDATED: Added a FAQ at the bottom of the post.] With Dick Powis now a full time contributor, Savage Minds is looking for someone to fill his shoes as our Around the Web editor. This position is called an “internship” because we see it as a way to cultivate new talent. (Also because it isn’t paid, but then nobody here is paid.) Doing the weekly roundups is not only a great way to force yourself to pay closer attention to the anthro blogosphere, but it also gives you a seat at the table behind-the-scenes at Savage Minds, helping select guest bloggers and discussing the…
  • Why you shouldn’t take Peter Wood (or Anthropology News) seriously

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:22 pm
    In this piece I would like to explain, in detail, why I think Peter Wood’s recent piece in Anthropology News is fundamentally misguided. For a lot of readers, there will be no point in my doing so — they will just write Wood off as ‘racist’ and move on. I’m, shall we say, extremely sympathetic to this point of view. But I do think that Wood’s piece deserves some scrutiny to explain why so many people find it so misguided. In his piece, Wood takes issue with four essays in Anthropology News responding to the shooting of Michael Brown and the subsequent…
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  • Ancient 'genomic parasites' spurred evolution of pregnancy in mammals

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    Large-scale genetic changes that marked the evolution of pregnancy in mammals have been identified by an international team of scientists. They found thousands of genes that evolved to be expressed in the uterus in early mammals. Surprisingly, these genes appear to have been recruited from other tissue types by transposons -- ancient mobile genetic elements sometimes thought of as genomic parasites. The study sheds light on how organisms evolve new morphological structures and functions.
  • Ancient skull shows modern humans colonized Eurasia 60-70,000 years ago

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    A skull provides direct anatomical evidence that fills a problematic time gap of modern human migration into Europe. It is also the first proof that anatomically modern humans existed at the same time as Neanderthals in the same geographical area.
  • Did genetic links to modern maladies provide ancient benefits?

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    Genetic variations associated with some modern maladies are extremely old, scientists have discovered, predating the evolution of Neanderthals, Denisovans (another ancient hominin) and contemporary humans.
  • Tracking DNA helps scientists trace origins of genetic errors

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    Scientists have shed light on how naturally occurring mutations can be introduced into our DNA. The study, which focuses on how DNA replicates every time a cell divides, helps to make clear previously unexplained patterns in how our DNA changes over time. It also provides new insight into how the human genome has been shaped throughout evolution.
  • Climate affects development of human speech

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    A correlation between climate and the evolution of language has been uncovered by researchers. To find a relationship between the climate and the evolution of language, one needs to discover an association between the environment and vocal sounds that is consistent throughout the world and present in different languages. And that is precisely what a group of researchers has done.
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  • Journal of Human Evolution "Ancient DNA and Human Evolution" special issue

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:18 pm
    is here.
  • ~55 thousand year old modern human from Manot cave in Israel

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:13 pm
    It seems that this abstract came online one day early on my news feed and will probably appear in Nature tomorrow. I will update this entry when the paper properly appears. This is of course very important because it directly proves that modern humans appear in Eurasia before the Upper Paleolithic revolution, and disproves the theory that modern humans spread UP technologies with an expansion out of Africa.We will have to wait until tomorrow to see exactly what they compared it against. The abstract contrasts it with "other early AMH" from the Levant, which I presume means the Skhul/Qafzeh…
  • Les origines de la beauté

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:46 pm
    This seems like a very interesting project that has an associated Youtube channel. Old works of physical anthropology often included galleries of physical types of different ethnic and racial groups, and for many people this would have been one of the few opportunities to see people much different than themselves. It is nice to see modern technology being used to preserve a snapshot of the appearance of (admittedly not-average) examples of living ethnic groups. Of course, this is not a problem for the more populous or culturally prominent ethnic groups of the world, but when was the last…
  • DNA & the Origins of Peoples: The Armenians

    24 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    An excellent lecture from last summer: Hovann Simonian and Peter Hrechdakian delivered the 18th Annual Vardanants Day Armenian lecture on their work using social media to expand the nonprofit Armenian DNA Project, a Facebook group of more than 1,000 members around the world involved in researching Armenian family history through genetic testing.
  • Ancient mtDNA from collective burials in Germany

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Journal of Archaeological ScienceVolume 51, November 2014, Pages 174–180Collective burials among agro-pastoral societies in later Neolithic Germany: perspectives from ancient DNA Esther J. Lee et al. Ancient DNA research has focused on the genetic patterns of the earliest farmers during the European Neolithic, especially with regards to the demographic changes in the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture. However, genetic data is relatively lacking after this earliest transition period, when societies had fully adapted to new agrarian lifestyles specific to their local…
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  • The Libyan Disaster: This Time Imperialism Pretends Anti-Interventionism

    Maximilian Forte
    10 Jan 2015 | 8:20 pm
    When it was still called the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (Al-Jamahiriya al-arabiya al-Libiya al-sha’abiya al-ishtirakiya), and Col. Muammar Gaddafi was still the de facto head of state, Western powers led by the US had no hesitation in finally achieving their dreams of overthrowing the Libyan government and murdering Gaddafi. In addition, the US-led coalition of interventionists delighted in persecuting Libyan government supporters, civilians for the most part, with automatic death sentences delivered by cruise missiles, bombs, drone strikes, and helicopter gunfire, not to…
  • Encircling Empire: Report #25 — Remembering Panama

    Maximilian Forte
    2 Jan 2015 | 3:17 pm
    This and previous issues have been archived on a dedicated site—please see: ENCIRCLING EMPIRE. For frequent updates, please “like” our Facebook page and/or follow on Twitter. “Operation Just Cause” “25 Years after US Invasion of Panama, Death Toll Still Unknown,” TeleSur, December 19, 2014: On December 20, 1989, over 27,000 U.S. soldiers invaded the small Central American country of Panama. The “cruel dictator” the U.S. troops overthrew had been working for the CIA for years. Under the name “Just Cause,” the operation left thousands of victims in…
  • Our Report for 2014

    Maximilian Forte
    31 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    This year has seen an almost frenzied escalation of US intervention around the globe, ranging from the determined provocations and threats against Russia and backing a coup in Ukraine while quietly supporting Ukraine’s genocidal warfare in the east of the country, to supporting violent anti-government protesters seeking the overthrow of the elected government of revolutionary Venezuela, to the renewal of the US war in Iraq, starting a new war in Syria, and vowing to prolong and perpetuate the war in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Libya continues to burn to the satisfaction of those who…
  • The Real World of Democracy (and Anthropology)

    Maximilian Forte
    30 Dec 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Review essay, Part 2 (see Part 1) Referring to the process by which he studied Cuban democracy, August explicitly refers to it as “ethnographic research” (p. xiii). This is an important point, because he was trained as a political scientist in Montreal, but he is producing the kind of book that no anthropologist has offered, and yet could have. Given that fact, I have incorporated the text as required reading for the past two years in my course on Political Anthropology. Taking advantage of the fact that August is a fellow Montreal resident, he has kindly come twice to present…
  • Democracy in Cuba and at Home

    Maximilian Forte
    30 Dec 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Review essay, Part 1 (see Part 2) Cuba and its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion. By Arnold August. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing; London: Zed Books. 2013. ISBN 978-1-55266-404-9. 267 pages (not including Preface and Acknowledgments) Arnold August’s Cuba and its Neighbours is a richly documented and thus very detailed description and analysis of the history, theory, and practice of democracy in Cuba. Based on several years of participant observation in Cuba, in addition to numerous research trips since 1991, Cuba and its Neighbours provides a close-up view of the Cuban process of…
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    Material World

  • Christmas Leftovers

    Josh Burraway
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:43 am
    Christmas Leftovers With the festive season chronologically behind us (and yet despairingly in front of us) we can breath a brief sigh of relief as we enter the new year. Or at least we think we can. Although the wrapping paper, discount champagne and dodgy fireworks have indeed been put away for another year, most of us are undoubtedly returning to our homes and into a decidedly uncanny space. If you are anything like me, the residual objects of the Christmas break will no doubt still be adorning the living room. The slowly withering tree in the corner, the wreath on the door that has…
  • Sonically Transforming Washi Paper

    Haidy Geismar
    10 Jan 2015 | 12:50 am
    Jessica Knights, Material and Visual Culture MA, UCL Anthropology   While undertaking my Master’s in Material and Visual Culture in UCL’s anthropology department last year, I received a Heinz Wolff Materials Bursary to carry out a project at the University’s Institute of Making. My proposal was to explore the properties of Washi paper, a type of handmade paper made in Japan. Washi is made predominantly from the paper mulberry (kozo) tree by traditional methods, and has been used for diverse purposes; from raincoats to kimonos, aerial bombs to toilet paper (Barrett 1983). I first…
  • Digital Utopias

    Haidy Geismar
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
      Date: Tuesday 20 January 2015 Time: 10am – 7pm Venue: Hull Truck Theatre, HU2 8LB Book your place now Digital Utopias is a one-day conference which will inspire and incite debate about how new technologies are enabling creativity across the arts. The conference aims to capture topical and diverse approaches to curation, archiving, collecting and creating from a range of art forms, from the visual arts to theatre. The event will provide an opportunity to discuss new tools and emergent practice, whilst delegates will connect with international arts organisations and specialists in…
  • 20th Anniversary of the ASA Material Culture Caucus: The Video

    Jo Aiken
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Since its formation in 1994, the Material Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association (ASA) has bridged the gap between university-based and museum-based scholars to promote the study of material culture in American Studies programs. To celebrate its twentieth birthday, the Caucus sponsored a workshop on Friday November 7, 2014, during the ASA national meeting in Los Angeles. In the spirit of fun embedded in the conference theme, Debby Andrews, Sarah Anne Carter, Estella Chung, Ellen Gruber Garvey, and Catherine Whalen challenged workshop participants to play a variant of the classic…
  • The Material Culture of the Boxer – a post-fieldwork reflection

    Rosalie Allain
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    [By Pete Lockwood, a former MSc Social Anthropology student (2013-14) from UCL]   When I conducted fieldwork in an Essex boxing gym for my MSc dissertation in Social Anthropology over the summer months of 2014, like a lot of other fieldworkers might do, I was reading bits of theory that seemed to speak to my emerging ethnographic data. Because my fieldwork was still going on, I ended up thinking about a few ideas that ultimately never made it into my dissertation. In the end, my argument turned out to be about the self, and the forms of practical “poiesis”…
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    Museum Anthropology

  • Book Announcement: "Musuem Law" by Marilyn E. Phelan

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Museum Anthropology is happy to announce that we are now taking book feature submissions. Editors and authors, please send information about a forthcoming text to Lillia McEnaney, blog intern, for review for publication to the Musuem Anthropology blog.  We are happy to announce that Marilyn E. Phelan's "Museum Law" will be the first book published here.  From one of America’s
  • Position Announcement: Deputy Division Director, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe

    25 Jan 2015 | 7:41 pm
  • 2015 Council for Museum Anthropology Awards

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    The Council for Museum Anthropology (CMA), a section of the American Anthropological Association, recognizes innovative and influential contributions to the field of museum anthropology through three categories of awards: Student Travel Awards, deadline April 15, 2015 Michael M. Ames Award, deadline May 15, 2015 Lifetime Achievement/Distinguished Service Award, deadline May 15, 2015 All
  • Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:50 pm
    MUSEUM RESEARCH TRAINING USING SMITHSONIAN COLLECTIONS The Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA) is a research training program offered by the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History with major funding from the Cultural Anthropology Program of the National Science Foundation. The program seeks to promote broader and more
  • Council for Museum Anthropology: Board Openings

    21 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    The CMA Board has three openings for at-large members as well as an opening for a student member, to serve starting in the winter of 2016. Nominations for these positions are now open. CMA welcomes suggestions for potential candidates (self-nominations are accepted). Candidates should submit a brief biographical sketch and a 200 word platform statement to the chair of the nominations
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  • Pseudoarchaeology and Elongated Skulls

    Carl Feagans
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:40 pm
    Drawing of a figurine from Tiesler (2014, p. 81) that depicts a head splint used to shape an infant’s skull. Elongated skulls of ancient people like the Peruvians have long been a source of mystery and fascination, particularly for significance-junkies that find aliens wherever they can. The last Indiana Jones movie didn’t help matters either. Along that line, somebody sent me a link to a website that has a different view of cranial deformation than that of science knowing that I’ve previously written on the topic and wondered what I thought. So I thought I’d share my…
  • Vampires in the Archaeological Record?

    Carl Feagans
    13 May 2014 | 6:06 pm
    No. Not really. But the folks of Kamien Pomorski in northwestern Poland thought so in the 16th century. You can’t get blood from a rock. Find the story and at least one more photo at The bones aren’t of a real vampire, of course, but the belief in vampires was a very real phenomenon in 16th century Europe. Probable origins of the belief include the nature of corpses as the go through early stages of decay. The skin tightens and shrinks, giving the appearance of beard growth or growing fingernails. It isn’t the hair or nails that grow out, rather the skin…
  • Pseudoarchaeology: 3 Million Year Old Modern Man

    Carl Feagans
    30 Apr 2014 | 10:51 pm
    A woo-related post ended up on one of the Rock Art pages I subscribe to on FaceBook, with the author claiming a pebble exhibiting pareidolic features to be a figure carved from stone by “modern man” more than 3 million years ago. The FB post linked to this WordPress article on “,” the blog of a self-styled digger and treasure seeker that calls himself the “commander.” -I know right? The author keeps repeating, interestingly enough, that it is commonly held that “modern man” is between 6000-34000 years old. He doesn’t…
  • Recording Rock Art: Using DStretch

    Carl Feagans
    27 Apr 2014 | 9:47 pm
    As you might imagine, a large part of recording rock art involves the use of photography. And among the tools used by those recording and analyzing images both in the field and in the lab is software that digitally enhances photographs to make the rock art clearer or even to reveal elements that are no longer visible to the naked eye due to erosion and weathering. The software of choice is increasingly a small plugin for a freely available Java-based image processing application called ImageJ. The plugin is DStretch, developed by Jon Harman. To run the plugin, you simply drop the .zip file…
  • Pseudoarchaeology of the Serapeum, a 19th Dynasty Egyptian Site in Saqqara

    Carl Feagans
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Browsing Facebook not long ago, I came across a page called “Science of the Remote Past.” Cool. Just the kind of thing I like to read about. The article I stumbled on seemed interesting so I “Liked” the page so I’d get feeds from it. Then, over time, I started to notice not everything seemed all that scientific. I finally had to question them when the admins dropped a post on “Earth chakras” and then another regarding the “high technology” of ancient Egyptians. Someone thoughtfully responded to my dig at the pseudoscientific approach of…
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  • Concussion’s Memory Problem by Emily A. Harrison

    Emily A. Harrison
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:31 pm
    In the lead-up to this year’s Superbowl, a surge of scientists, celebrities, athletes and everyday citizens all weighed in, many with tongues-in-cheek, to a so-called scandal about the deflation of game balls prepared by one of the competing teams. While popular media bubbled with the latest news for nearly two weeks, a simultaneous commentary was launched by some who were appalled at the intensive attention to so small a matter while major issues with the NFL itself were left silent. The frenzy, they argued, was not merely surreal or even harmless, but rather an intentional distractor from…
  • Web Roundup: Accessing Assistive Technology by Emily Goldsher-Diamond

    Emily Goldsher-Diamond
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    This month, a brief look at some new initiatives meant to erode many different barriers to access when it comes to assistive technology for people with disabilities. There exists a tendency for popular media to approach innovation in assistive technology with the kind of techno-optimism pervasive in writing about consumer technology, where the stakes are arguably lower and motivations are clearer. It is one thing to make an iPhone, for example, more responsive or with a longer battery life, in order to sell more phones; it is an entirely different endeavor when advancements in assistive…
  • Annemarie Jutel’s Putting a Name to It: Diagnosis in Contemporary Society by Owen Whooley

    Owen Whooley
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Putting a Name to It: Diagnosis in Contemporary Society by Annemarie Jutel Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011. 175 pages.   When we treat diagnosis as simply a medical issue, we mask the tremendous social power involved in putting a name to human suffering. When we transform phenomenological experiences into discrete labels and then treat those labels as reality, we cram those experiences into neat boxes that may not adequately fit or hold them. When we view clinical assessment and diagnostic decision-making as a sober, objective assessment of evidence, we obscure the interpretive…
  • Daniel P. Todes’ Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life in Science by Roger Smith

    Roger Smith
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life in Science by Daniel P. Todes Oxford University Press, 2014. 880 pages.   It is going to be difficult for reviewers to avoid clichés about this wonderful biography – and wonderful it is, as both a work of scholarship and as a highly readable story of a truly ‘Russian life in science’. Some basic things can be clearly stated: it is the first comprehensive and thoroughly researched biography of Pavlov in any language; and it is definitive, by which I mean that anyone who remarks on Pavlov in the future without assimilating this study simply has not done…
  • Cynthia Willett’s Interspecies Ethics by Eva Giraud

    Eva Giraud
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    Interspecies Ethics by Cynthia Willett 2014, Columbia University Press, 220 pages   In Interspecies Ethics Willett confronts a thorny issue head-on: what would a non-anthropocentric ethics look like in practice? This question has been grappled with by thinkers from a range of conceptual perspectives, from posthumanism (e.g. Cary Wolfe, Rosi Braidotti) and feminist science studies (Donna Haraway, Isabelle Stengers, Vinciane Despret), to neo-vitalism (Jane Bennett) and more-than-human geographies (Sarah Whatmore, Emma Roe, Jamie Lorimer). Whilst these non-anthropocentric perspectives have…
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    Visual Anthropology of Japan - 日本映像人類学

  • "It’s OK to film people in public in Japan, if the conditions justify it"

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    My colleague Sally brought this recent article by attorney Kyoko Hijikata in The Japan Times (1/25/15) to my attention. It addresses a complex question that VAOJ has been wrestling with for years. Reader R.S. asks, “In Japan, is it OK to film other people in public? Well, in Japan, freedom of expression is guaranteed by Article 21 of the Constitution. As filming and taking pictures are two of the means by which individuals can express their ideas, they are protected by Article 21. On the other hand, people have the right not to be photographed or filmed without good reason. We call this…
  • R.I.P. Gertrude M. Fedorowicz 1919-2014

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:21 am
    Photo by Charles K. Fedorowicz You might have noticed that VAOJ has been inactive for awhile. VAOJ is mourning the loss of Gertrude Fedorowicz, age 95, who passed away peacefully in her sleep in the evening of December 25. Gertrude lived through interesting, important and difficult times in both personal and cultural/historical contexts. She was smart, talented, flexible and open-minded. She cared for those she loved as a daughter, friend, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. As an individual she loved to drive, was active in her church, an excellent cook and seamstress and a…
  • "Prosecutors indict vagina artist on obscenity charges"

    25 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Text from Japan Today, 12/25/14: Japanese prosecutors on Wednesday charged a feminist artist who makes objects shaped like her own vagina with distributing “obscene” data, according to her lawyer, in a case that has sparked accusations that authorities are out of touch. The charges follow Megumi Igarashi’s arrest this month after she raised funds online to pay for a genital-shaped kayak which she made on a 3D printer. “We don’t agree with the prosecutors’ contention at all,” Takeshi Sumi, one of Igarashi’s lawyers, told AFP Wednesday. “We will continue pleading not guilty on…
  • A moving photo: "Frozen memorial"

    24 Dec 2014 | 12:50 am
    Photo and text from The Japan News, 11/28/14. A shrine and lodge are covered with snow and ice Thursday atop Mt. Ontake, which erupted two months ago. Fifty-seven people were killed and six are still missing in the disaster on the mountain, which straddles the prefectures of Nagano and Gifu. The search for victims was discontinued in mid-October and is scheduled to resume in spring next year.Source:
  • "Osaka court rules tattoo check on city employees illegal"

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Sometimes the courts do the right thing... Story from Japan Today, 12/18/14: The Osaka District Court has ruled that Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s order to check whether municipal office workers had tattoos was illegal and constituted an invasion of privacy. The court handed down the ruling on Wednesday in a damages suit filed by a 56-year-old city bus driver, Tadasu Yasuda, who was transferred to a desk job after he refused to answer questions on whether or not he had a tattoo, Sankei Shimbun reported Thursday. Presiding Judge Kenji Nakagaito invalidated the transfer and ordered the Osaka…
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    International Cognition and Culture Institute

  • Why reading minds is not like reading words

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    Written by Brent Strickland and Pierre Jacob In a recent review paper in Science (2014. 344-6190) entitled “The cultural evolution of mind reading,” Cecilia Heyes and Chris Frith argue that human children learn to read minds much like they learn to read words, via explicit verbal instruction from knowledgeable adults. On their view, both abilities are inherited culturally as opposed to genetically. Their argument for this thought-provoking analogy rests on three basic claims: (1)  Mindreading exhibits as much cultural diversity as reading words. (2)  The case of word…
  • Culture: A scientific idea "ready for retirement"?

    5 Jan 2015 | 2:16 am
    Every year the website asks their panel a general question on science and/or society. The 2014 question was: “What scientific idea is ready for retirement?“ I did not read (yet) all the answers, but I was surprised to see that two of them, from Pascal Boyer and John Tooby, were one and the same: culture. One could take the answers as a provocation of two evolutionary psychology-minded scholars against mainstream cultural anthropology (which I’d subscribe to). However, knowing Boyer and Tooby's work, and since, when people ask me what my research is about, I tend…
  • What Explains the Emergence of Moralizing Religions?

    24 Dec 2014 | 2:23 am
    An ambitious article: "Increased Affluence Explains the Emergence of Ascetic Wisdoms and Moralizing Religions", by Nicolas Baumard, Alexandre Hyafil, Ian Morris, and Pascal Boyer in Current Biology, 25, 1 (2015) ( Between roughly 500 BCE and 300 BCE, three distinct regions, the Yangtze and Yellow River Valleys, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Ganges Valley, saw the emergence of highly similar religious traditions with an unprecedented emphasis on self-discipline and asceticism…
  • A Cognitive Science of Theology?

    1 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    A new, interesting, and original book by Helen De Cruz and Johan De Smedt: A Natural History of Natural Theology: The Cognitive Science of Theology and Philosophy of Religion. MIT Press 2014.Overview: "Questions about the existence and attributes of God form the subject matter of natural theology, which seeks to gain knowledge of the divine by relying on reason and experience of the world. Arguments in natural theology rely largely on intuitions and inferences that seem natural to us, occurring spontaneously—at the sight of a beautiful landscape, perhaps, or in wonderment at the…
  • Applications for PhD studentships in Cognitive Science at CEU, Budapest

    10 Nov 2014 | 4:03 am
    PhD studentships are available for the doctoral program in Cognitive Science at Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary. Application deadline: February 1, 2015.The Department of Cognitive Science at CEU invites applications for doctoral student positions starting in September 2015. This is a research-based training program in human cognition with social cognition and learning as core themes. Research topics include cooperation, communication, social learning, cultural transmission, embodied cognition, joint action, cognitive development, strategic decision-making, problem…
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  • Aliran Down the Ages

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    Here's a bit of Malaysian social history, as seen through the work of Aliran, Malaysia's oldest human rights group. Watch how information dissemination styles have changed since the 1970s, when the group was founded. Past 2010, all the images (and video) were shot by me.  
  • Call for Papers: the Eleventh Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies (CHAGS 11)

    21 Dec 2014 | 5:06 pm
    The Eleventh CONFERENCE ON HUNTING AND GATHERING SOCIETIES (CHAGS 11) will be held in Vienna, September 7-11, 2015. The CALL FOR PAPERS has been announced here: Deadline for submission of abstracts is February 20, 2015 "All accepted session abstracts can be viewed online at our CHAGS 11 website. We mandate that ALL individual participants need to register and
  • Hi-jinks in the lean-to

    14 May 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Sometimes I do wonder if my little friends have a pact among themselves, "Quick, start acting cute! Anthropologist coming!" Batek children in Taman Negara, 2013
  • Weavers of the forest

    14 May 2014 | 5:33 pm
    A mother knows how it's done. naʔSarik (top left) was weaving miniature baskets for her boys, who had demanded to have their own fruit-storing containers. Her mother showed her how to make the bends. Later (left) I found her weaving a mat.
  • At home in Taman Negara

    12 May 2014 | 11:47 am
    Way too busy to do more than post a token few photos. Here's one of an old friend in Taman Negara.
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  • Ph.Dining: the art of social eating in grad school

    19 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    It’s probably not a secret to anyone who has ever been in grad school (or who reads PHD Comics) that departmental and college social events can be an important way to stave off starvation. My own graduate studies in anthropology at McGill were characterized, in my dim recollection, by half-full plates of cheese and bread stuffed not-so-surreptitiously into backpacks and carted away by those fortunate souls whose hard-earned anthropological knowledge of generalized reciprocity or optimal foraging theory translated into practice. Oh, right, and the wine. So much department wine. Less of…
  • Reassessing reasses in our pubic schools

    12 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    As a college instructor, I run into the same typos and spelling mistakes all the time.   You just have to laugh, because I don’t think I’ve ever written a typo-free paper, and most of the time they’re just honest mistakes.  I might be aggravated by writing that is vague, unclear, or awkward, but not whether you’ve spelled aggravated correctly.   So just to be clear, this is NOT a ‘kids these days’ rant. Having disposed of that, let’s get on to the fun stuff, and talk about two of my favourite frequent errors that show up, not only student…
  • Five great 2014 articles on number systems

    10 Jan 2015 | 6:25 am
    The scholarship on numbers is, as always, disciplinarily broad and intellectually diverse, which is why it’s so much fun to read even after fifteen years of poking at it.  This past year saw loads of great new material published on number systems, ranging from anthropology, linguistics, psychology, history of science, archaeology, among others.  Here are my favourite five from 2014, with abstracts: Barany, Michael J. 2014. “Savage numbers and the evolution of civilization in Victorian prehistory.” The British Journal for the History of Science 47 (2):239-255. This paper…
  • The holiday book-hoard

    9 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
    As usual, the holiday brought a hefty hoard of books to add to my not-inconsiderable collection of non-academic books.  Because the movers didn’t complain quite enough about our 50 boxes of books when we moved from Montreal to Windsor in 2008, that’s why!  So here’s what Santa and his minions brought me: Dava Sobel, Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time Simon Singh, The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography Keith Devlin, The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci’s Arithmetic…
  • Retro-Glossographia

    7 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    I’m not quite sure whether a blog that has been in existence for six years can qualify as having a ‘retro’ period.  But I spit on fascist definitions of retro!  Those of you who follow me on Twitter (@schrisomalis) may see, over the next couple of months, some tweets to old Glossographia posts (at least a couple years old) that didn’t get (in my not-so-humble view) enough attention when I wrote them.   I’ll note the year in the new tweet. If you don’t follow me on Twitter / don’t care about Twitter / regard Twitter as the spawn of some ineffable…
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  • 13. Six ways of researching new social worlds

    John Postill
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
    This is the thirteenth instalment in the freedom technologists series. IN THE 2000s I studied an internet-mediated social world that remained fairly stable throughout the main period of fieldwork, namely the field of residential politics in a middle-class suburb of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Postill 2011). However, digital ethnographers will sometimes find that the social worlds they are researching will experience dramatic changes over a short period of time. In some cases, they may even witness the birth of a new social world whilst still in the field. This is precisely what happened to me…
  • 12. Freedom technologists and protest formulas in Egypt

    John Postill
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:25 am
    John Postill:This is the twelfth instalment in the freedom technologists series. Originally posted on CONNECTED in CAIRO: There’s a new article out from John Postill in the latest issue of Convergence that may be relevant to the study of the roles digital media played (and continue to play) in the Egyptian revolution. John’s project is to study the relationship between Internet activism and post-2008 protest movements generally. John does not look at Egypt, alas. Instead he draws on his own anthropological fieldwork in Spain, and on secondary literature about uprisings in Tunisia and…
  • Aggregation vs. networking: a conversation between Paolo Gerbaudo and Jeff Juris

    John Postill
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:29 pm
    These are the first few exchanges of an ongoing public conversation between the social movements scholars Paolo Gerbaudo and Jeff Juris, with Sasha Constanza-Shock and myself chipping in as required. It all started on Twitter a couple of days ago, but we then decided to move the conversation to a much roomier platform: Pirate Pad. [JP update 19 Dec 2014. For readers new to this topic, here is the abstract of Juris, J. S. (2012). Reflections on# Occupy Everywhere: Social media, public space, and emerging logics of aggregation. American Ethnologist, 39(2), 259-279. This article explores the…
  • How information volunteers solve communicative issues during a disaster

    John Postill
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Volunteers play with children at a disaster refugee centre near Yogyakarta, in Indonesia. Photo by Eko Suprati. This is an invited post from Kurniawan Adi Saputro (@ksaputro) who is about to complete his PhD at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. His thesis is a study of media audiences’ engagement in disaster response. He currently teaches at the Indonesia Institute of the Arts, in Yogyakarta. The importance of ‘volunteer and technical communities’ (Meier, 2013) in today’s disaster response cannot be overstated. One of their key contributions is to help disaster-affected communities…
  • The making of a democratic citizenship in Spain, 1977-2004

    John Postill
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Brief notes on Benedicto, J. (2006). La construcción de la ciudadanía democrática en España (1977-2004): de la institucionalización a las prácticas. Revista española de investigaciones sociológicas, 114(1), 103-136. English abstract This article examines the historical process of construction of citizenship in Spain from the beginning of the democratic experience up to the last general elections. This historical process can only be understood properly if we analyse its close relationship with the development of democratic culture and the huge modernization of Spanish social life. The…
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    American Journal of Physical Anthropology

  • Urban–rural differences in Roman Dorset, England: A bioarchaeological perspective on Roman settlements

    Rebecca C. Redfern, Sharon N. DeWitte, John Pearce, Christine Hamlin, Kirsten Egging Dinwiddy
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:29 pm
    ABSTRACT In the Roman period, urban and rural ways of living were differentiated philosophically and legally, and this is the first regional study of these contrasting life-ways. Focusing on frailty and mortality risk, we investigated how these differed by age, sex, and status, using coffin type as a proxy for social status. We employed skeletal data from 344 individuals: 150 rural and 194 urban (1st–5th centuries A.D.) from Dorset, England. Frailty and mortality risk were examined using indicators of stress (cribra orbitalia, porotic hyperostosis, nonspecific periostitis, and enamel…
  • Reconciling the convergence of supraspinous fossa shape among hominoids in light of locomotor differences

    David J. Green, Yui Sugiura, Brielle C. Seitelman, Philipp Gunz
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:07 am
    ABSTRACT Differences in scapular morphology between modern humans and the African and lesser apes are associated with the distinct locomotor habits of these groups. However, several traits, particularly aspects of the supraspinous fossa, are convergent between Homo and Pongo—an unexpected result given their divergent locomotor habits. Many morphological assessments of the scapula rely on the limited number of static landmarks available, and traditional approaches like these tend to oversimplify scapular shape. Here, we present the results of two geometric morphometric (GM) analyses of…
  • Cultural interaction and biological distance in postclassic period Mexico

    Corey S. Ragsdale, Heather J.H. Edgar
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:01 am
    ABSTRACT Economic, political, and cultural relationships connected virtually every population throughout Mexico during Postclassic period (AD 900–1520). Much of what is known about population interaction in prehistoric Mexico is based on archaeological or ethnohistoric data. What is unclear, especially for the Postclassic period, is how these data correlate with biological population structure. We address this by assessing biological (phenotypic) distances among 28 samples based upon a comparison of dental morphology trait frequencies, which serve as a proxy for genetic variation, from 810…
  • Midtarsal break variation in modern humans: Functional causes, skeletal correlates, and paleontological implications

    DeSilva J.M., Bonne-Annee R., Swanson Z., Gill C.M., Sobel M., Uy J., Gill S.V.
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:13 am
    ABSTRACT The midtarsal break was once treated as a dichotomous, non-overlapping trait present in the foot of non-human primates and absent in humans. Recent work indicates that there is considerable variation in human midfoot dorsiflexion, with some overlap with the ape foot. These findings have called into question the uniqueness of the human lateral midfoot, and the use of osteological features in fossil hominins to characterize the midfoot of our extinct ancestors. Here, we present data on plantar pressure and pedal mechanics in a large sample of adults and children (n = 671) to test…
  • Investigating human responses to political and environmental change through paleodiet and paleomobility

    Kelly J. Knudson, Christina Torres-Rouff, Christopher M. Stojanowski
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:03 am
    ABSTRACT Bioarchaeological approaches are well suited for examining past responses to political and environmental changes. In the Andes, we hypothesized that political and environmental changes around AD 1100 resulted in behavioral changes, visible as shifts in paleodiet and paleomobility, among individuals in the San Pedro de Atacama oases and Loa River Valley. To investigate this hypothesis, we generated carbon and oxygen isotope data from cemeteries dating to the early Middle Horizon (Larache, Quitor-5, Solor-3), late Middle Horizon (Casa Parroquial, Coyo Oriental, Coyo-3, Solcor-Plaza,…
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  • In Defense of Science…В защиту науки (Contd.)

    German Dziebel
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:32 pm
    A street fight is raging on (here and here) in the Russian academe between scientists and pseudoscientists. It’s increasingly difficult to tease apart the former from the latter. It’s all one bloody mess. It appears the most recent comments of an independent observer such as myself just got deleted from the queue. Usually they get delayed with a note : “your post is awaiting moderation” but now they simply got deleted (see below). Needless to say, there’s more than just a neutral Admin “moderating” them. What a shame! But see below for the copy…
  • In Defense of Science…В защиту науки

    German Dziebel
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Apologies to my English-only readership. This post is in Russian and represents my responses to an ongoing web war between academic and entrepreneurial scientists in Russia. A large, multidisciplinary group of prominent Russian academics headed by geneticist Elena Balanovsky published a “resolution” in a web magazine of popular science entitled “Troitskii variant” condemning what they perceive to be dangerous pseudoscience in the writings of a biochemist and DNA-genealogist Anatole Klyosov and his co-authors. The resolution came on the heels of a journalistic…
  • The Hypothesis of “Boreal” Metarace: A Critique of Alexander Kozintsev

    German Dziebel
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Every now and then I introduce the English-only readers of this blog to notable developments in human origins research taking place among Russian academics. I previously aspects of Yuri Berezkin‘s comparative mythology project, Vladimir Napol’skikh‘s peculiar linguistic opinions and surprising folkloric conclusions, and criticized one recent interdisciplinary effort by a team of Russian academics. It’s now time to look at the work of physical anthropologist Alexander Kozintsev and especially his recent hypothesis of “Boreal” metarace. Alexander Kozintsev,…
  • The Best Kept Secret in Populaton Genetics, or Truth about African Genetic Diversity

    German Dziebel
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Nature (2014) doi:10.1038/nature13997 The African Genome Variation Project Shapes Medical Genetics in Africa Gurdasani, Deepti, Tommy Carstensen, Fasil Tekola-Ayele, Luca Pagani, Ioanna Tachmazidou, Konstantinos Hatzikotoula, Savita Karthikeyan, Louise Iles, Martin O. Pollard, Ananyo Choudhury, Graham R. S. Ritchie, Yali Xue, Jennifer Asimit, Rebecca N. Nsubuga, Elizabeth H. Young, Cristina Pomilla, Katja Kivinen, Kirk Rockett, Anatoli Kamali, Ayo P. Doumatey, Gershim Asiki, Janet Seeley, Fatoumatta Sisay-Joof, Muminatou Jallow, Stephen Tollman, Ephrem Mekonnen, Rosemary…
  • Pittfalls of Multidisciplinarity: Vasil’ev et al. (2014)

    German Dziebel
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Cultural Developments in the Eurasian Paleolithic and the Origin of Anatomically Modern Humans: Proceedings of the International Symposium “Cultural Developments in the Eurasian Paleolithic and the Origin of Anatomically Modern Humans” (July 1–7, 2014, Denisova Cave, Altai), edited by А.P. Derevianko, М.V. Shunkov. Pp. 165-171. Novosibirsk: Publishing Department of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS, 2014. First People and Prehistoric Migrations in the New World: Some Preliminary Results of a Multidisciplinary Study Vasil’ev, S.A., Y.E. Berezkin, A.G.
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    BOAS Network

  • Chester Nez, 93, Dies; Navajo Words Washed From Mouth Helped Win War

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    By MARGALIT FOX JUNE 5, 2014 Original article retrieved from The New York Times To the end of his life, Chester Nez recalled the first message he sent over the radio while serving at Guadalcanal: “Enemy machine gun nest on your right. Destroy.” Receiving the message, American forces eliminated the threat. Mr. Nez, a former United States Marine who died on Wednesday at 93, had sent the message not in English but rather in a code he had helped create. It originally went much like this: “Anaai (Enemy) naatsosi (Japanese) beeldooh alhaa dildoni (machine gun) nishnaajigo nahdikadgo (on…
  • Dr. Michael Waters: SB Symposium on Human Origins II

    21 Jan 2015 | 1:05 pm
    BOAS Network presents the Santa Barbara Symposium on Human Origins II at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Dr. Mike Waters, Texas A&M University presents “In Search of the First Americas: The Archaeological Evidence for the Peopling of the Americas at the end of the last Ice Age.” His research indicates that humans came to the Americas well before the Clovis people. Public Lectures, September 13, 2014 at the Lobero Theatre. Visit for more anthropology videos.
  • Dr. John Johnson: Santa Barbara Symposium on Human Origins II

    15 Dec 2014 | 1:45 pm
    BOAS Network presents: Santa Barbara Symposium on Human Origins II. Dr. John Johnson, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, presenting “Arlington Springs: The Settlement of North America from the perspective of Santa Barbara.” Day Two: Public Lectures, Lobero Theatre, September 13, 2014.
  • Dr. Greger Larson: Santa Barbara Symposium on Human Origins II

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    BOAS Network presents: Santa Barbara Symposium on Human Origins II. Day Two: Public Lectures with Dr. Greger Larson, University of Oxford, “Bodies in Motion: Understanding the relation between Migration and Hybridization.”
  • Beatriz Mejia Krumbein Mi Tiempo, Mein Raum, My Map

    10 Dec 2014 | 2:53 pm
    In “ Mi Tiempo, Mein Raum, My Map My Map” Beatriz Mejia-Krumbien,uses the names of each person she recalls from Colombia, Mexico, Germany and the US as the basis of performance that integrates drawings, video, dance and song. She reflects on what Susan Ossman calls the “poetics of attachment.” From the Moving Matters Traveling Workshop, First Meeting, Culver Center for the Arts, Riverside, California, May 2013. The Moving Matters Traveling Workshop draws together artists, musicians, actors and creative writers to explore the experience of serial migration. As the workshop moves across…
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