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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.

Beg, Borrow, and Steal: The Archaeologist’s Lament

Ask any archaeologist what they consider the most iconic tool of the archaeological trade and they’ll probably say the trowel. And many an archaeologist has [...] The post Beg, Borrow, and Steal: The Archaeologist’s Lament appeared first on Archaeology Review.

From Believer to Skeptic. A Personal Account of Critical Thinking.

On a summer evening in 1974, when I was just 7 years old, I witnessed an event that would ultimately change my life. Not a [...] The post From Believer to Skeptic. A Personal Account of Critical Thinking. appeared first on Archaeology Review.

Hadar, Ethiopia: History of a Famous Palaeoanthropological Region

The decade of the 1970’s will be remembered for a long time to come as a paradigm altering time in hominin evolutionary research and much was attributable to the 1974 discovery of A.L. 288-1, known to most by the nickname “Lucy”. For...Show More Summary

The Dilemma of the Metal Detector Hobbiest and Archaeology

There have been a few articles in online media recently that highlight the relationship possible for metal detector hobbyists and archaeologists where the recreational metal [...] The post The Dilemma of the Metal Detector Hobbiest and Archaeology appeared first on Archaeology Review.

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