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Ramadan Diaries: Introduction

Ramadan Diaries takes you into the Ramadan experience of two students of anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, Oguz Alyanak and Dick Powis. They will be fasting amongst Muslims in two Francophone contexts, Strasbourg, France and Dakar, Senegal, respectively. Show More Summary

700 thousand year old ancestors of H. floresiensis

Nature 534, 245–248 (09 June 2016) doi:10.1038/nature17999 Homo floresiensis-like fossils from the early Middle Pleistocene of Flores Gerrit D. van den Bergh, Yousuke Kaifu, Iwan Kurniawan, Reiko T. Kono, Adam Brumm, Erick Setiyabudi, Fachroel Aziz & Michael J. Show More Summary

Ancient DNA and human history

A very useful review of the field c. mid-2016. The only major addition would be the study on Upper Paleolithic Europeans that appeared recently.The lack of East Asian DNA validates my New Year's wish for some. Hopefully my wish willShow More Summary

Neolithic Aegean genomes

I had covered this paper when it went on the bioRxiv, but the final version has been published in PNAS in open access. PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1523951113Early farmers from across Europe directly descended from Neolithic AegeansZuzanaShow More Summary

Mungo Man DNA revisited + first ancient mtDNA from Australia

The authors find that previously published mtDNA from earliest Australians was contamination, and one S2 mtDNA haplogroup in an undated sample of likely Holocene origin.PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1521066113Ancient mtDNA sequences from the First Australians revisited Tim H. Show More Summary

Around the Web Digest- Week of May 29

Hi everyone! My name is Eddie and I am the new Around the Web/Social Media Intern! I am a recent B.A. from Loyola University Chicago; flailing through post-grad life in the city. I am excited to scour the web for some fun reads that really tickle your anthropological imaginations. If you have links for articles … Continue reading Around the Web Digest- Week of May 29 ?

“It has taken more work and time to place our students in decreasingly attractive jobs.”

  File under “Graduate School Has Always Sucked“: There was a time when graduate school didn’t suck that much, financially speaking at least. And then it did start sucking. What was the time before like — and where did it go? The chart...Show More Summary

We’ve already got the robes: Of monks and us

This is the last post in a six part sequence called Strange Rumblings in the Meritocracy. In this series I’ve written a lot about education, its constraints, the pressure we all feel to compete in the meritocracy, and some possible ways out. Much of this came from my reflecting on the fact that the financiers … Continue reading We’ve already got the robes: Of monks and us ?

A Letter to the AA Regarding its World Anthropology Section on Israel

[Savage Minds welcomes the following invited post by Matan Kaminer. Matan is a doctoral candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is working on his dissertation, an ethnographic explorationShow More Summary

Held in Suspension: Reflections on “After War: The Weight of Life at Walter Reed”

Savage Minds is delighted to present this invited book review by Lauren Cubellis, a Ph.D. student at Washington University in St. Louis. In this engaging first book, Zoë H. Wool takes on the density of daily life after war for young veterans recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Show More Summary

Canberra’s loss is M?noa’s gain as the ANU walks away from decades of excellence

I do not normally write about my duties as a professor at the University of Hawai‘i at M?noa on this blog, since the blog isn’t associated with UHM and most of what I do in the classroom and committee meetings doesn’t belong on the Internet. Show More Summary

Domestic Policy: The Resolutions Will Not Be Televised

This is the fifth post in a sequence called Strange Rumblings in the Meritocracy. Given that we as a discipline seem to feel empowered to develop a foreign policy, I figured I’d offer a few domestic policy ideas, a few resolutions that might take care of some our own local inequities. Show More Summary

Atxurra cave art discovery in Spain

The Guardian reports on a recent cave art discovery in Spain: “Spanish archaeologists discover cave art to rival country’s best”. Chief site archaeologist Diego Garate said that an estimated 70 drawings were found on ledges 300m (1,000 ft) underground in the Atxurra cave in the northern Basque region. Show More Summary

Neandertal stone circles at Bruniquel Cave

I want to reflect for a moment on the first passage in the recent paper by Jacques Jaubert and colleagues (2016). The paper describes a series of circular structures, made like stone fencerows out of portions of stalagmites, that ancient...Show More Summary

Link: Tracing Hannibal's invasion using microbes

I know the Hannibal meadow muffin story has done the rounds this week, but I find the approach very interesting: Tracing a historical invasion by looking for trace evidence. One of the principal investigators, Chris Allen, has written...Show More Summary

British Celts have more steppe ancestry than British English

An interesting tidbit in a preprint about blood pressure genes: We consistently obtained significantly positive f4 statistics, implying that both the modern Celtic samples and the ancient Saxon samples have more Steppe ancestry than the modern Anglo-Saxon samples from southern and eastern England. Show More Summary

The great migration of African Americans

PLoS Genet 12(5): e1006059. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1006059 The Great Migration and African-American Genomic Diversity Soheil Baharian et al. We present a comprehensive assessment of genomic diversity in the African-American population...Show More Summary

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