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November 17, 2014

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3:10 PM | Which Science Gets Mangled The Worst Onscreen?
Sometimes the real-life and on-screen versions of a scientific field can be so far apart that the only thing they share is a name. (Please note, Hollywood: The job of an archeologist is to preserve ruins, not destroy them.) Today, we want to know which science continually gets the worst hatchet job on screen.Read more...

November 13, 2014

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6:38 PM | Questions of Doom: Evolution vs. Brain Disorders? Today, I...
Questions of Doom: Evolution vs. Brain Disorders? Today, I examine why different brains might actually be good for our species! By: Archaeosoup Productions.

November 12, 2014

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5:49 PM | How Were the Pyramids Built? Key aspects of pyramid...
How Were the Pyramids Built? Key aspects of pyramid construction from quarry to completion. The most common misconception about the pyramids is that they were built by slaves. Recent archeological evidence suggests they were instead constructed by paid workers. Some may have performed this work as a form of tax payment for several months of the year. Skilled engineers would have planned and orchestrated the building. An estimated 10,000-20,000 people would have been working on a pyramid at any […]
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2:19 PM | On The Road: Mobility of Romans in Britains
The remains of the Roman Empire are found throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East- aqueducts, stadiums, roads, temples, and cemeteries dot the modern landscapes of many European countries. Their […]

Eckardt, H., Müldner, G. & Lewis, M. (2014). People on the move in Roman Britain, World Archaeology, 46 (4) 534-550. DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2014.931821

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November 05, 2014

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1:34 PM | Changes in Society and Diet from the Merovingian to Viking Age
Vikings are a hot topic right now. While I would hope this would be due to their interesting maritime culture, fascinating burial practices or an increased understanding in the important role […]

Naumann E, Price TD & Richards MP (2014). Changes in dietary practices and social organization during the pivotal late iron age period in Norway (AD 550-1030): Isotope analyses of merovingian and viking age human remains., American journal of physical anthropology, 155 (3) 322-31. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24898189

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November 01, 2014

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4:49 PM | Archaeologist Curtis Marean Curtis Marean received his Ph.D....
Archaeologist Curtis Marean Curtis Marean received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1990 and is now a member of the Institute of Human Origins and School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. In addition to studying climates and environments of the past, his research focuses on the origins of modern humans, the prehistory of Africa and the study of animal bones from archaeological sites. By: National Science Foundation.

October 31, 2014

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1:20 PM | Ancient Stone Circles in Mideast Baffle Archaeologists
Huge stone circles in the Middle East have been imaged from above, revealing details of structures that have been shrouded in mystery for decades.
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1:20 PM | Ancient Stone Circles in Mideast Baffle Archaeologists
Huge stone circles in the Middle East have been imaged from above, revealing details of structures that have been shrouded in mystery for decades.

October 29, 2014

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10:30 PM | Amelia Earhart Plane Fragment Identified
A fragment of Amelia Earhart's lost aircraft has been identified to a high degree of certainty for the first time ever since her plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937, in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.Read more...
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1:05 PM | Halloween Horrors: Evidence of Torture in the Prehistoric Southwest US
With Halloween coming up right around the corner, there have been an increase in the attention paid to the spookier aspects of archaeology. We are increasingly able to find evidence of […]

Osterholtz, A. (2012). The social role of hobbling and torture: Violence in the prehistoric Southwest, International Journal of Paleopathology, 2 (2-3) 148-155. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpp.2012.09.011

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October 28, 2014

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11:22 PM | Archaeo-Scope: Vandalism Today, inspired by a broken window, I...
Archaeo-Scope: Vandalism Today, inspired by a broken window, I consider the ‘visibility’ of vandalism in archaeology. By: Archaeosoup Productions.

October 25, 2014

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8:05 PM | Archaeo-Chat: The ‘Elgin’ Marbles Today, Rhys and I...
Archaeo-Chat: The ‘Elgin’ Marbles Today, Rhys and I talk about the issues surrounding the so-called Elgin or Parthenon Marbles. Welcome to Archaeo-Chat. In this series we record unscripted conversations about archaeology, what it is like to be an archaeologist and related topics. By: Archaeosoup Productions.
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