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Listening to Physical Geology. PART 2: The ecopoetics of data, a few lessons from Björk

More drinks. This time in the midst of a madding crowd, soon after returning from Krakatau, with an Icelandic artist known as Shoflifter. She was wearing a remarkable head piece she humorously called a ‘brain catcher’. We were at the...Show More Summary

Listening to Physical Geology. PART 1: Noise, disaster, and plastic thoughts

Over drinks with a seismologist, I recently learned that you can hear the ocean anywhere on the planet. Anywhere. Did you know that? No matter where you are mid-continent, as far as you can imagine from water, the rhythmic pulse of the ocean hitting the shore is present as ambient seismic noise. Show More Summary

Abstract Chauvet Cave Painting Represent A 36,000 Year Old Volcano

A team of French geologists and paleontologists and led by Jean-Michel Geneste, published in PLoS One that they believe that they have … Continue reading ?

Mobile apps and the material world

[Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Sara Perry.] This is the first in a series of posts, coordinated with Colleen Morgan, on the relations between analog and digital cultures. Over the next month, through the contributions of a variety...Show More Summary

Around the Web: Year in Review 2015

It’s been a big year for Savage Minds, so big that the annual blog review didn’t fit in 2015! (Yes, that’s why it was delayed). This year we celebrated our 10th blogiversary with a panel at the AAAs, an executive director’s award, and a rare in-person gathering, which gave us the chance to reflect on our … Continue reading Around the Web: Year in Review 2015 ?

Pixel vs Pigment. The goal of Virtual Reality in Archaeology

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Colleen Morgan. Post by Laia Pujol-Tost. Archaeology has a long tradition of using visual representations to depict the past. For most of its history, images were done by hand and based on artistic skills and conventions. Show More Summary

Ephemeral Layers: Coffee, Snapchat, and Violence

For decades, ephemeral layers at archaeological sites have been the bane of my existence. The moment I read, hear, or have to confront it at an excavation, my soul does a smh. How can we reconstruct anything meaningful in this ephemerality? To...Show More Summary

Artifacts in the wild

I so often encounter historic and sometimes prehistoric artifacts “in the wild” (meaning I don’t collect them but leave them in situ for others to enjoy or to return for proper collection and documentation later). Chris Webster of The Archaeology Podcast Network just posted a photo of a Log Cabin syrup tin from the early 1900s by … Continue reading Artifacts in the wild ?

Helicobacter pylori in the Iceman

Science 8 January 2016:Vol. 351 no. 6269 pp. 162-165 The 5300-year-old Helicobacter pylori genome of the Iceman Frank Maixner1,,†, Ben Krause-Kyora2,†, Dmitrij Turaev3,†, Alexander Herbig4,5, et al. The stomach bacterium Helicobacter pylori is one of the most prevalent human pathogens. Show More Summary

US Anthropology: Political, Professional, Personal, Imperial

Part One of: “Canadian Anthropology or Cultural Imperialism?” Recent events have called into question how a discipline can be commanded on an international plane, and represented in a singular and universal fashion. Those events areShow More Summary

Monkey who took selfie can not own copyright to the photo, judge rules

A US court has ruled that a macaque monkey who took pictures of himself cannot own the copyright to the photographs.The ruling resulted from a lawsuit filed last year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who sought the right...Show More Summary

Decoding The Origins Of Ötzi’s Gut Flora

In Science this week, researchers have reported they have reconstructed the entire genome of the H. pylori that lived in Ötzi’s … Continue reading ?

Thank Your Neandertals & Denisovans For Your Allergies

Two new papers in the American Journal of Human Genetics document how we should thank archaic humans like Neandertals and Denisovans for … Continue reading ?

Hominin species and time in peer review

In 2015, two new hominin species were published: Australopithecus deyiremeda and Homo naledi. One of the criticisms I’ve seen of both discoveries is the idea that they had not been given sufficient peer review. Since I was involved in the H. Show More Summary

My Very Own Roman Sword

If you read my previous post, then you know about the “Roman” sword allegedly found decades ago by a fisherman and his son near Oak Island, Nova Scotia -where the History Channel has been filming its reality TV show. J. Hutton Pulitzer has previously stated that it is “100 % genuine” and, after obtaining my … Continue reading My Very Own Roman Sword ?

Even more Anatolian Neolithic genomes

Recently I proclaimed the problem of "Neolithization of Europe" to be "done", but it doesn't hurt to have more confirmation as this new paper does. The Anatolian data is from a different site than those used by Mathieson et al. and Hofmanová, Kreutzer et al. Show More Summary

Peer review under the microscope

The Frontiers Blog has provided a timely review of some of the new models of peer review that are being tried in different branches of scientific publishing: “The silent revolution in peer review”. The review distinguishes “classical peer review”, in which two or three anonymous experts examine work, from a variety of newer approaches. Show More Summary

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