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K. Kris Hirst

Updated Articles and Resources

By K. Kris Hirst

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • What Kind of Career Can I Have in Archaeology? Created: Sunday, November 27, 2005 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      What kind of real-life career choices do I have with a degree in archaeology?
    • The Domestication of Agave Americana or Maguey Created: Friday, April 29, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Agave Americana (also called maguey) is an plant used throughout Mesoamerica as fiber for clothing and textiles and to produce alcoholic beverages.
    • The Domestication History of Cotton (Gossypium) Created: Friday, November 19, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Refer to this page to learn more about the origin of cotton domestication and cultivation
    • Upper Paleolithic - Modern Humans Take the World Created: Saturday, September 04, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      The Upper Paleolithic period saw great changes in the world as Homo sapiens became the only hominid running around on our planet.
    • Arrowheads and Other Points: WideSpread Myths and Little Known Facts Created: Saturday, April 10, 2004 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Arrowheads are often the subject of a number of myths, legends and misconceptions; here is a description of the top myths and the top unknown facts.
    • Angkor Civilization: The Ancient Khmer Empire in Southeast Asia Created: Monday, August 13, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      The Angkor Civilization (or Khmer Civilization) is the name given to an important civilization of southeast Asia, including all of Cambodia and southeastern Thailand and northern Vietnam
    • The Iceman - Lost in the Italian Alps 5,000 Years Ago Created: Tuesday, December 02, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      The Iceman is the name of a 5,300-year-old human body discovered high in the Swiss/Italian Alps in 1991.
    • Amelia Earhart's Fate: The Archaeological Investigations Created: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Amelia Earhart's disappearance in 1937 has long been a fascinating mystery. In this article, Thomas F. King, Senior Archaeologist of the TIGHAR project, reports on recent archaeological evidence concerning what happened to the aviation pioneer and her copilot, and why it may be only a matter of time before the remaining evidence is eroded away.
    • Bones of the Buddha - Secrets of the Dead Created: Sunday, June 30, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      The Bones of the Buddha is an hour long video describing the archaeological and historical search for one of Buddha's burial places.
    • The (Pre) History of Clovis Created: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Clovis refers to mobile big game hunters who roamed the Americas hunting elephants and bison for a very brief time 12,000 years ago.
    • Bering Strait and the Bering Land Bridge Created: Tuesday, April 08, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      The Bering Strait is a sea lane between Russia and North America, located over the top of the Bering Land Bridge, that now-submerged portion of the Bering Strait, that once connected the Siberian mainland with North America.
    • Mammalian Domestication Syndrome - Mechanisms Behind Animal Taming Created: Sunday, July 20, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      The suite of physical and behavioral changes that domestic mammals share and untamed beasts do not is a puzzling one, but scientists think they know why.
    • What is a Pit House? Created: Saturday, July 25, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      A pit house (also spelled pithouse) is a type of dwelling that was excavated partly into the earth, from a few inches to more than three feet.
    • Dugout Dwellings: Pioneer Housing in 19th Century Minnesota Created: Sunday, May 28, 2006 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      Dugouts were a kind of housing used by European pioneers as first homes as they established their farmsteads in the northern middle west of the United States.
    • Tipis - Ancient Home of American Plains People Created: Friday, July 18, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      A tipi is an efficient, adaptable form of residence, used by North American nomadic groups for at least 500 years, similar to central Asian yurts.
    • What is an Archaeological Feature? Created: Saturday, June 11, 2011 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      A feature is a word archaeologists use when they don't know what it is they've discovered.
    • Mesolithic - Life Before Farming Created: Saturday, September 11, 2010 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      The Mesolithic period in European history includes the history of the complex hunter-gatherers who developed the technology to cultivate crops.
    • The History of Chickens (Gallus domesticus) Created: Sunday, June 03, 2007 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      The history of chickens and when they were domesticated is something of a puzzle, but most likely it was about 8,000 years ago in Thailand.
    • Domestication of the Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L) Created: Sunday, March 04, 2012 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      The common bean comes in a multitude of colors shapes and sizes, and as you've no doubt been told, they're really good for you. They are an American domesticate, and their domestication history is an interesting one...
    • Megalithic Monuments - Ancient Art Sculpture Created: Sunday, February 21, 2010 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Megalithic structures are immense collections of stone, earth and wood, some of which were built during the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods of Europe.
    • Recumbent Stone Circles Created: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Recumbent Stone Circles are a specific form of megalithic monuments, believed to have been used for ritual ceremonies involving the movements of the moon.
    • Chankillo - Astronomy in Peru at 300 BC Created: Wednesday, December 12, 2007 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Chankillo (also spelled Chanquillo) is a ceremonial center and solar observatory located within an area of rock outcrops and sand ramps in the Casma-Sechin river valley of arid coastal Peru.
    • Olmec Heads - Colossal Royal Sculptures Created: Friday, June 27, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Olmec Heads, known more formally as Colossal Heads or Cabezas Colosales, are enormous three-dimensional heads carved out of volcanic basalt ~3,000 years ago.
    • How and When Sheep were First Domesticated Created: Sunday, February 20, 2011 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      The sheep (Ovis aries) is one of the earliest animals ever domesticated, from the mouflon and more than 10,000 years ago.
    • Top Signs of Animal Domestication Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      The mechanism of domestication is an evolutionary one, and very slow; archaeological evidence for domestication of a particular animal is subtle.
    • Where and When Camels Were Domesticated Created: Friday, May 20, 2005 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      There are two species of quadruped animal of the deserts of the world, both of which have implications for archaeology: the Bactrian and the Dromedary
    • The Domestication History of Goats (Capra hircus) Created: Monday, October 09, 2006 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Beginning about 10,500-10,800 years ago, Neolithic farmers in the Near East began keeping small herds of goats for their milk, meat, dung, as well as for materials for clothing and building: hair, bone, and sinew.
    • Dog History - How and Why Dogs were Domesticated Created: Sunday, August 21, 2005 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      When and where the partnership of dog and humans first occurred is currently under considerable debate.
    • How and Why Guinea Pigs Were Domesticated Created: Thursday, September 17, 2009 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Guinea pigs are small rodents domesticated about seven thousand years ago in South American Andes mountains primarily for food, and brought to Europe as pets in the 16th century.
    • Tipi Rings - Archaeological Remains of Tipis Created: Monday, January 17, 2011 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      Tipi rings are rings of boulders, remnants of Plains Indian tipis in North America, their stories told by oral history, ethnography, and archaeology.
    • Wheat Domestication - The History and Origins of Wheat Created: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      Wheat was one of the very first crops domesticated by our ancestors, some 10,000 years ago in southeastern Turkey.
    • The Denisovans - The Third Species of Human Created: Saturday, September 01, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      The Denisovans are a recently discovered human species, who lived (at least) in what is today Siberia and colonized the southeast Asian islands and China.

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