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July 30, 2014

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8:00 AM | To America by Boat, Sans Columbus
  Last week, 12 Siberian Yup’ik men motored into the Bering Sea with two aluminum skiffs to visit relatives on the US side of the Bering Strait. Their journey retraced a route that has been used since the Ice Age, one of the most important lines of travel in human history. Leaving the Russian coast, […]
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8:00 AM | To America by Boat, Sans Columbus
  Last week, 12 Siberian Yup’ik men motored into the Bering Sea with two aluminum skiffs to visit relatives on the US side of the Bering Strait. Their journey retraced a route that has been used since the Ice Age, one of the most important lines of travel in human history. Leaving the Russian coast, […]

July 15, 2014

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12:53 PM | Using the Dead to Understand Access to Water
As humans, we cannot survive without water. In the first world, we are privileged to have consistent access to fresh clean water. In many countries, access to water is based […]

Lightfoot, E., Šlaus, M. & O'Connell, T. (2014). Water consumption in Iron Age, Roman, and Early Medieval Croatia, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 154 (4) 535-543. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22544

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July 11, 2014

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11:56 AM | The environmental impact of seafaring ancient man
Apart from the odd sacrificial burning and the invoking of Olympian lightning strikes, the ancient Mediterranean people lived in harmony with nature – the ancient Egyptians worshipped cats, for Pete’s sake! (although in the age of the internet, it can be argued that we do too). But did they really? A group of scientists from…

July 09, 2014

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9:23 PM | A garden or a wilderness? One-fifth of the Amazon may have been savannah before the arrival of Europeans
The Amazon is the largest tropical forest on the planet, covering about 6.5 million square kilometers, although much has been lost in recent decades.Yet new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) finds that quite recently—just 500 years ago—a significant portion of the southern Amazon was not the tall-canopied forest it is today, but savannah.
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1:21 PM | Clothing the Dead in Ancient Peru
Why is clothing on the dead so important? Because what we choose to put on our bodies conveys social meanings about our wealth, our status, and the social groups we […]

Baitzel, S. & Goldstein, P. (2014). More than the sum of its parts: Dress and social identity in a provincial Tiwanaku child burial, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 35 51-62. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaa.2014.04.001

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