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The Sampul Tapestry

A pair of 2000-year-old trousers was reported in Antiquity this quarter; and you wouldn't think it, but the story of their construction is a fascinating one that illustrates the crossing of cultures in the 2nd century BC along the Silk...Show More Summary

Making String in Prehistory

Making string is an often overlooked but incredibly important, tiny skill useful to human beings: but it is a building block for what would become textiles. Read Full Post

Textile History at Guitarrero Cave

Guitarrero Cave is a rockshelter in the inter-mountain region of Ancash province in Peru. The cave has evidence of human occupation back to 12,100 years ago, and in the cave were found cords and textile fragments direct-dated to that occupation.... Read Full Post

Secrets of the Dead: the Lost Gardens of Babylon

Next Tuesday, May 6th, the PBS series Secrets of the Dead will air a new video from Channel Thirteen and Bedlam Productions, called the The Lost Gardens of Babylon, and in my opinion a vast improvement over the last entry.... Read Full Post

Bronze Age Innovation and Trade

A handful of Steppe Society archaeological sites in central Eurasia have produced evidence for the international connection and spread of plant domestication in the Bronze Age of the late third millennium.... Read Full Post

Mongooses in Iberia

Mongooses (Herpestes spp) are kind of like cats, in that they really never became what you could call domesticated, but they do make great pets. Like cats, they also make for an interesting story on their quasi-domestication, nonetheless.... Read Full Post

New Support for the Southern Dispersal Route

A new article in the journal Proceedings of the National Science this week provides support for the Southern Dispersal Route, the most-recently identified migration route for human beings out of Africa.... Read Full Post

Honey Bees and Humans

The honey bee (Apis mellifera), is a non-domesticated domestic partner of ours, which will come as no surprise to anyone who has been stung. Mesolithic rock painting of a honey hunter harvesting honey and wax from a bees nest in a tree. At Cuevas de la AraƱa. ca 8000 to 6000 BC). Redraft of image by Amada44... Read Full Post

Chachapoya Culture

The people who built the 12th century "fortress" at Kuelap in the Andes mountains of Peru are called by ethnohistorians and archaeologists the Chachapoya. Read Full Post

Lactase Persistence in Southern Africa

Two upcoming articles in the journal Current Biology describe newly identified migration patterns in Later Stone Age southern Africa, arising from recent findings about lactase persistence. Read Full Post

The Chachapoya Ceremonial Center of Kuelap

Last week, I posted a fairly blistering review of a video from the PBS series, Secrets of the Dead. I promised I would follow up with some scientific reports on the various sites mentioned: today, we look at Kuelap.... Read Full Pos...

Secrets of the Dead: Carthage's Lost Warriors

Don't get me wrong: I love the PBS series Secrets of the Dead. It gives us all fresh insight into alternative ideas of archaeological and historical reality that, well, I guess we need. "Carthage's Lost Warriors" is alternative, alrighty.... Read Full Post

Taming Wild Horses

Archaeological and DNA evidence shows that the partnership between people and horses began in the western steppe region of Eurasia, somewhere in what is today Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, or Uzbekistan. Read Full Post

Archaeological Investigations at Treblinka: A Video Review

This Saturday, March 28th, 2014, the Smithsonian channel premieres a new video, dedicated to new excavations at one of Adolph Hitler's death camps, that of Treblinka, Poland. Read Full Post

Ozette: 18th Century Mud Slide Catastrophe

Mudslide calamities like the one in the northwestern United States in March 2014 are uncommon, but not unique. About 1750, several Pacific coastal houses of a Makah whaling village were buried by a sudden mudslide.... Read Full Post

The Plague of Athens

To close out our visit to the darker side of history, let's visit the Plague of Athens, which killed an estimated 300,000 people in the 5th century BC. Read Full Post

The Medieval Black Death

Plague Week continues with a discussion of the pandemic plague everyone has heard of, known as the Black Death. You can't get more ominous of a name than that, and it was fully justified.... Read Full Post

Polynesian Chickens and Transpacific Contacts

A new mitochondrial DNA study on the origins of Polynesian chickens, if it's right, cuts off one important branch of the theory of precolumbian Polynesian contact in South America. Red junglefowl (Gallus gallus) in Hawaii: ancestor species to the domestic chicken. Photo by Ryan Fanshaw.... Read Full Post

Plague Week! The Plague of Justinian

It may have something to do with the unrelenting winter this year, but I've been jollying myself up by researching and writing about the plague. Things could, after all, be worse.... Read Full Post

Vindolanda Tablets

The Vindoland Tablets were letters written in the first and second centuries AD by and to soldiers garrisoned at the Roman fort of Vindolanda, lost in the moss, bracken and straw that functioned as a floor in that place.... Read Full Post

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