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Younger Dryas comet impact encoded in Göbekli Tepe?

Fascinating if true.Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry, Vol. 17, No 1, (2017), pp. 233-250 DECODING GÖBEKLI TEPE WITH ARCHAEOASTRONOMY: WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY? Martin B. Sweatman and Dimitrios Tsikritsis We have interpreted much of the symbolism of Göbekli Tepe in terms of astronomical events. Show More Summary

The Temple of Karnak and Possibly its Worse Tour Guide

I found myself somewhat amused by Brien Foerster’s video that highlights a few moments of a tour he guided in Luxor, Egypt at the Temple [...] The post The Temple of Karnak and Possibly its Worse Tour Guide appeared first on Archaeology Review.

Notable: Female chimpanzees eat more meat when pregnant

Notable: O’Malley, R. C., Stanton, M. A., Gilby, I. C., Lonsdorf, E. V., Pusey, A., Markham, A. C., & Murray, C. M. (2016). Reproductive state and rank influence patterns of meat consumption in wild female chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii). Show More Summary

Should we move to a system where every scientist gives grant money away?

Worth a read: “With this new system, scientists never have to write a grant application again”. In Bollen’s system, scientists no longer have to apply; instead, they all receive an equal share of the funding budget annually—some €30,000...Show More Summary

The Elongated Skulls Mystery Really isn’t a Mystery at All

In this article, I’m doing something a lot of archaeologists aren’t necessarily comfortable with: showing the remains of an indigenous people, in particular: their skulls. [...] The post The Elongated Skulls Mystery Really isn’t a Mystery at All appeared first on Archaeology Review.

Notable: Glyptodonts and megatheres were herbivores

Notable:Bocherens, Hervé, Martin Cotte, Ricardo A. Bonini, Pablo Straccia, Daniel Scian, Leopoldo Soibelzon, Francisco J. Prevosti. 2017. Isotopic insight on paleodiet of extinct Pleistocene megafaunal Xenarthrans from Argentina. Gondwana Research (in press). Show More Summary

Notable: Chimpanzee corpse cleaning

Notable: van Leeuwen, Edwin J. C., Katherine A. Cronin, and Daniel B. M. Haun. 2017. Tool use for corpse cleaning in chimpanzees. Scientific Reports 7:44091. doi:10.1038/srep44091 Synopsis: van Leeuwen and colleagues watched as a female chimpanzee used a grass stem to clean the teeth of a male who had died, at a sanctuary for orphaned chimpanzees. Show More Summary

Probing the origins of poison arrows

A neat article in The Conversation by Justin Bradfield discusses new chemical approaches for identifying traces of poison in the archaeological record: “We’re closer to learning when humans first daubed arrows with poison”. A recentShow More Summary

The Taung Child and Infamous Piltdown Hoax

On the 18th of December 1912, amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson announced the discovery of the infamous Piltdown bones to the Royal Geological Society. Contrary to popular opinion and in keeping with the scientific process, the scientific community were very sceptical of the discovery. Show More Summary

Photographs are not Data

With the advent of modern digital photography, it’s easy to take as many photographs as you want. No film to process means no film buy [...] The post Photographs are not Data appeared first on Archaeology Review.

A Misrepresentation of Two Sarcophagi by Brien Foerster

Brien Foerster is clearly ignorant of genuine archaeological method and theory. He took a video of two Egyptian sarcophagi at the Penn State Museum in Philadelphia recently [...] The post A Misrepresentation of Two Sarcophagi by Brien Foerster appeared first on Archaeology Review.

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