Ancient proteins help track early milk drinking in Africa

IMAGE: Cattle grazing in Entesekara in Kenya near the Tanzanian border view more  Credit: A. Janzen Tracking milk drinking in the ancient past is not straightforward. For decades, archaeologists have tried to reconstruct the practice by various indirect methods. They have looked at ancient rock art to identify scenes of animals being milked and at animal […]

A new archaeology for the Anthropocene era

IMAGE: Archaeological studies of low-density, agrarian-based cities such as ancient Angkor Wat in Cambodia are increasingly being used to inform the development of more sustainable urban centres in the future…. view more  Credit: Alison Crowther Indiana Jones and Lara Croft have a lot to answer for. Public perceptions of archaeology are often thoroughly outdated, and these […]

Oldest hominins of Olduvai Gorge persisted across changing environments

IMAGE: Olduvai (now Oldupai) Gorge, known as the Cradle of Humankind, is a UNESCO World Heritage site in Tanzania. New interdisciplinary field work has led to the discovery of the oldest… view more  Credit: Michael Petraglia Olduvai (now Oldupai) Gorge, known as the Cradle of Humankind, is a UNESCO World Heritage site in Tanzania, made famous […]

CU Anschutz researcher offers new theory on `Venus’ figurines

AURORA, Colo. (Dec. 1, 2020) – One of world’s earliest examples of art, the enigmatic `Venus’ figurines carved some 30,000 years ago, have intrigued and puzzled scientists for nearly two centuries. Now a researcher from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus believes he’s gathered enough evidence to solve the mystery behind these curious totems. […]

Ancient blanket made with 11,500 turkey feathers

PULLMAN, Wash. — The ancient inhabitants of the American Southwest used around 11,500 feathers to make a turkey feather blanket, according to a new paper in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. The people who made such blankets were ancestors of present-day Pueblo Indians such as the Hopi, Zuni and Rio Grande Pueblos. A team […]

Knowing the model you can trust – the key to better decision-making

As much of Europe is engulfed by a second wave of Covid-19, and track and trace struggles to meet demand, modelling support tools are being increasingly used by policymakers to make key decisions. Most notably, models have been used to predict the Covid-19 R0 rate – the average rate of secondary infections from a single […]

Study finds field of forensic anthropology lacks diversity

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The field of forensic anthropology is a relatively homogenous discipline in terms of diversity (people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with mental and physical disabilities, etc.) and this is highly problematic for the field of study and for most forensic anthropologists. At the core of the forensic sciences are basic sciences […]

When good governments go bad

IMAGE: The ruins of the Roman Forum, once a site of a representational government. view more  Credit: (c) Linda Nicholas, Field Museum All good things must come to an end. Whether societies are ruled by ruthless dictators or more well-meaning representatives, they fall apart in time, with different degrees of severity. In a new paper, anthropologists […]