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Archaeology January 2013 Archive


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Chinampa Traditional Farming System

Monday January 28, 2013
The chinampa farming system is a method of raised field agriculture, used in the American continents for at least a thousand years. Modern chinampa farm. Photo by Kristinoller Chinampas involve the ... Read More

28,000 Year Old Bone and Ivory Art from Siberia

Wednesday January 23, 2013
A late 2012 article in the journal Antiquity featured the well preserved and extensive bone and ivory artifacts recovered from the Yana Rhinoceros Horn Sites, six 28,000 year old sites ... Read More


Monday January 21, 2013
The pigment vermillion is a vivid orange color, and it is derived from a highly toxic form of the mineral mercury called cinnabar. But that didn't stop our ancestors from ... Read More

The History of Metals: Copper

Wednesday January 16, 2013
I recently ran into a terrific summary of archaeometallurgy--the study of ancient metal use--by David Killick and Thomas Fenn, in the Annual Review of Archaeology, and it has inspired me ... Read More

Mystery of Easter Island - Video Review

Monday January 14, 2013
I've seen at least four Easter Island videos that I can remember, and read lots of articles and books--but I have to admit that the 2012 NOVA/National Geographic Mystery of ... Read More

Sureyya's Journey Part 9: In the Outback

Wednesday January 9, 2013
Way back in 2005, Sureyya Kose was a 22-year-old information technology specialist working in Australia with a real problem: all of her off hours (and some of her working hours) ... Read More

Paviland Cave and the "Red Lady"

Monday January 7, 2013
We get it wrong sometimes, we archaeologists, for one reason or another: it's a matter of having crummy, incomplete data, and a constantly improving science. Paviland Cave is an ideal ... Read More

Walking in the Trees

Thursday January 3, 2013
Scientists have searched for the last several decades to figure out when (and which of) our hominid ancestors made the great leap forward to come "out of the trees" and ... Read More

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