Researchers in Hawaii have found a mammoth World War II-era Japanese submarine scuttled by the U.S. Navy in 1946 to keep its advanced technology out of the hands of the Soviet Union.
The Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory at the University of Hawaii discovered the I-400 in 2,300 feet of…
A tumultuous time on the southern Plains is slowly returning to the surface in Oklahoma, where archaeologists have excavated a 250-year-old fortress built by a people known as the Taovaya, who sought refuge there from bands of raiders and Spanish attackers.
The fort was constructed on the…
(Reuters) - Collapsing walls at the ancient Roman city of Pompeii have raised fresh concerns about Italy’s efforts to maintain one of the world’s most treasured sites, preserved for 2,000 years but now crumbling from neglect.
On Monday, site officials said part of a wall had collapsed on one…
If you’re in this field you have to have a sense of humour because we study some weird shit.
—My prof, explaining why he used a picture of David Hasselhoff in the PowerPoint for our lecture (via candiedeyesnow)
“The mummy is only 18 centimeters long. Experts believe that the mummy may have been a premature birth, as they suspect that he or she is a fetus that gestated for six to seven months. RPP reports that the mummy could also have been offered as a sacrifice. The sex of the small mummy has not been determined.”
College of DuPage Field School Opportunity [link]
The archaeology faculty and staff of College of DuPage and Masaryk University (Brno) invite you to join our joint excavations at this exceptional site in the southeastern corner of the Czech Republic. Located near Breclav, just one km north of the Austrian border, 65 km southeast of Brno, and approximately 80 km northwest of Bratislava, Slovak Republic, Pohansko straddles major communication and transportation routes into Moravia and hence access through central Europe and into the Baltic. This route, known in earlier times as the Amber Road, served as a main avenue of communication and trade from the classical world to Germanic and Slavic peoples of the north.
This year teams of Czech and American students will continue a combined sequence of excavations adjacent to the main portion of the site in order to further assess the range of activities and social statuses present in this important center. A variety of methods will be taught, including excavation procedures, mapping using laser levels and total stations (laser theodolites supported by onboard computers), flotation, feature excavation, field photography, and materials recording. A possibility exists that a series of well-preserved, extended burials may also be encountered associated with domestic structures. These will excavated and subjected to preliminary forensic analysis at the research station pending remaining excavation time and the condition of the remains. It is important to note, though, that no one can predict exactly what will be encountered so some variation in precisely what occurs is likely.
- by Julienne Rutherford
“We in the Biological Anthropology Section have nearly constant discussions about increasing our numbers and integrating our impact within AAA. We act as ambassadors for AAA and the American Anthropologist at our specialist conferences, and we are building an impressive social media presence preaching the AAA gospel. So it should have been heartening to read AA’s Editor-in-Chief Michael Chibnik’s recent assertion that he is committed to publishing work by biological anthropologists. Indeed, the September 2013 issue is notable in publishing an entire forum by biological anthropologists, including Alan Goodman’s presidential address from 2007, which itself hearkens at least thematically to Jim Calcagno’s article- “Keeping Biological Anthropology in Anthropology, and Anthropology in Biology”—that appeared in the same journal a decade ago. However, Chibnik strikes a troublingly marginalizing tone in what was framed as an inclusive call for papers. To be a good fit for AA, Chibnik suggests a piece should be “understandable to nonspecialists and [lack] the extensive use of terms unfamiliar to most of our readers. This poses particular problems [emphasis added] for biological anthropologists, whose work often entails specialized techniques about which most sociocultural anthropologists and archaeologists know little. Biological anthropologists therefore need to be particularly careful to write in a way that is comprehensible to the generalized readership of the journal” (Chibnik, 2013.American Anthropologist 115: 357).
I think it’s fair to assume that the techniques used by many sociocultural anthropologists and archaeologists are very specialized. And I would further argue that the terminology and writing used by sociocultural anthropologists and archaeologists are often very obscure and sometimes even incomprehensible to specialists in other subdisciplines. To put the onus only on one subfield to be intelligible may be part of the reason some of our colleagues don’t feel particularly welcome within AAA or excited about publishing their most thoughtful work inAA. (Note: I myself have been published two times in AA under the former editor, and in neither case was I charged with the special task of being “particularly careful” to be understood)” (read more).
(Source: Anthropology News)
American children and other civilians held at Santo Tomas Internment Camp by Japanese forces for over three years are photographed having a meal following their liberation by U.S. troops. Santo Tomas Internment Camp was the largest of several camps in the Philippines in which the Japanese interned civilians from foreign nations. The campus of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila was utilized for the camp after the Japanese invaded and occupied the Philippines. The camp housed more than 4,000 internees from January 1942 until February 1945 and included individuals from the Philippines, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba, Russia, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, China and Burma. The internees were diverse group of people: expatriates, business executives, mining engineers, bankers, plantation owners, seamen, shoemakers, teachers, waiters, beachcombers, prostitutes, missionaries, and others. Conditions in the camp worsened over the years it was in operation; from January 1942 until March 1945, 390 total deaths were recorded in Santo Tomas. Food at the camps became extremely inadequate, weight loss, weakness, edema, paresthesia and beriberi were experienced by most adults. By 1944, internees began resorting to eating insects and wild plants. The camp was liberated on 4 February 1945. Manila, Luzon, Philippines. February 1945.
- from BBC
“Archaeologists have found more than 80 skulls in the ruins of a neolithic Chinese city, it’s reported.
The remains are mainly those of young women, thought to have died in ancient sacrifices or foundation-laying ceremonies, says China’s state news agency Xinhua. Archaeologists found the skulls in pits in front of the east gate and along the city wall of the Shimao Ruins in north-west China. No limb bones have yet been found, says Sun Zhouyong, deputy head of the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology.
The Shimao Ruins were first unearthed in 1976. The walled stone city is the largest neolithic settlement to be found in China. Archaeologists believe it was built about 4,300 years ago, and then abandoned three centuries later during the Xia Dynasty. The skulls will aid research into the religious practices and construction techniques of those living in the Yellow River Basin at the time, when anthropologists say people often used their enemies and captives as sacrifices.”
***What is it with Neolithic people and decapitation?