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Ancient Y-DNA from China

From the paper: Dividing the samples further using social status shows that the six aristocrats had haplogroups Q1a1, O3a, and N, the 14 commoners had haplogroups Q1a1, O3a, and O, and the seven slaves had haplogroups O3a, O2a, and O (Fig. Show More Summary

Neandertal demise followed contact with modern humans (but not immediately)

Important:Southern Iberia has been held to represent an exception to a wider European pattern21, with late survival of Neanderthals previously argued at sites such as Gorham’s Cave, Gibraltar22. We could not reproduce any of the late...Show More Summary

Tuberculosis is 6,000 years old

... and sea mammals (not Europeans) introduced it to the New World.Nature (2014) doi:10.1038/nature13591Pre-Columbian mycobacterial genomes reveal seals as a source of New World human tuberculosis Kirsten I. Bos et al. Modern strains...Show More Summary

Weaponizing Anthropology: An Overview

Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State. By David H. Price. Published by CounterPunch and AK Press, Petrolia and Oakland, CA, 2011. ISBN-13: 9781849350631. 219 pages. For students already in anthropology...Show More Summary

Making archaeology popular.

First run in 1951, “What in the World?” was the Penn Museum‘s Peabody Award-winning popular weekly half hour television program on CBS in which a panel of experts would guess information related to four or five unidentified objects. This program was aired for 14 years and was wildly popular. The show began with an appropriately smoke/fog […]

Around the Web Digest: Week of August 10

Between the crisis in Gaza, the militarization of Ferguson, and the death of Robin Williams, this has been a rough week in the news. At least Rick Perry is being indicted. Also, as of today, I’ve been writing these digests for six months, and it’s been a blast. Thanks for your help and support. If […]

Indo-Europeans preceded Finno-Ugrians in Finland and Estonia

According to an abstract of a Ph.D thesis (below). This would appear to work well with the dating of the signature Y-chromosome haplogroup of Finno-Ugrians. Bidrag till Fennoskandiens språkliga förhistoria i tid och rum (Heikkilä, Mikko)My...Show More Summary

Getting the babes but not the babies

Still from the film Is Matrimony a Failure?(1922). Who's making more babies? "Good boys" or "bad boys"? Originally, the good boys were, thanks to parental monitoring of relations between single men and single women. The pendulum then swung toward the bad boys in the 1940s, only to swing back after the 1960s. Show More Summary

Against Any Further US Intervention in Iraq

Earlier this week we posted Donnchadh Mac an Ghoill’s interview with Sadiq Al Timimi on the current conflict in Iraq, in historical, local, and international contexts. Given the mounting ex post facto justifications for another round of heightened US military intervention in Iraq, already well underway and with no defined limit in either the scope […]

Anthropology at the margins: A report of EASA 2014

(This guest blog comes to us from Theodoros Kyriakides. Theo is a PhD student at the University of Manchester social anthropology department, currently writing his thesis on the political and subjective dimensions of thalassaemia in Cyprus. You can follow him on twitter at @bio_karneia. -Rx) I am reporting on the wrapped up EASA 2014 conference, entitled “Collaboration, […]

“O most magnanimous hat”

I’ve started an internship in the Special Collections department of Swem Library at the College of William and Mary, creating metadata for archival manuscripts. I ran across this one the other day and had to transcribe an excerpt to share, there are some ellipsis where the ink is illegible. It is a letter from a […]

ISBA 2014 titles

Some interesting talks and posters from the upcoming International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology. I don't see any abstracts on the site (yet?) but the titles are intriguing. Some that caught my eye: Investigating the maternal...Show More Summary

mtDNA from Chalcolithic Iberia (El Mirador cave)

A very exciting new study from Chalcolithic Iberia. The authors compare their mtDNA data with those from the Brandt et al. (2013) paper which includes German samples from the same time.The following plot seems quite useful. From its caption:This study: El Mirador (MIR). Show More Summary

Paperpile (Tools We Use)

About a year ago I wrote a long post that discussed both my general approach to working with academic PDFs as well as the specific Apple (OS X/iOS) software I use to manage my own workflow: Sente. I still consider Sente to be a kind of gold standard for reference management software, but there are […]

On Being Fed Up: Blackness, Resistance, and the Death of Michael Brown – [An Invited Post]

[This invited post is submitted by Discuss White Privilege, an anthropologist who has written extensively to refocus the academy’s critique of racism on itself. We respectfully ask that you review our Comments Policy before responding below. Thank you. –DP] I just read the Michael Brown post [by Uzma Z. Rizvi] while in a Black hair salon in East […]

Koko The Gorilla Mourns Robin Williams

According to a Foundation spokesperson, when the calls regarding Williams' death began to come into the facility, Koko approached Foundation co-founder Dr. Penny Patterson "with an inquiring look on her face."Dr. Patterson told Koko that "we have lost a dear friend, Robin Williams," a spokesperson said. Show More Summary

Thinking about Michael Brown and the African Burial Ground

Michael Brown was only 18 years old; he was unarmed and shot multiple times. I am exhausted by this news. I cannot find words to express how such blatant racism makes a parent feel. It does not matter what we do for our children, it does not matter how educated we are, or what our politics […]

168 South Asian Genomes

PLoS ONE 9(8): e102645. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102645 The South Asian Genome John C. Chambers et al. The genetic sequence variation of people from the Indian subcontinent who comprise one-quarter of the world's population, is not well described. Show More Summary

Bury Me Rolf Harris in Wolf Creek, Zeke

Exceeding charm may come with a harmful flipside. For decades, Rolf Harris was an icon of Australian popular culture. Yet in recent months, the icon has been erased: a result of his trial and conviction on charges of sexual assault against numerous minors, the details of which can be incredibly chilling. He has been sentenced […]

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