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K. Kris Hirst

Updated Articles and Resources

By K. Kris Hirst

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Kathu Pan (South Africa) - Middle Paleolithic Tool Use Created: Sunday, November 18, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      Kathu Pan is an archaeological site in central South Africa, where evidence of very very early use of spears is in evidence.
    • Were-Jaguar - Icon of the Olmec Civilization Created: Sunday, July 27, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014
      The were-jaguar is an important iconographic symbol of the Olmec civilization, and many later civilizations in Central and North America.
    • El Fin Del Mundo - Clovis Meets Gomphothere Created: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014
      El Fin del Mundo is an important Clovis site in the Sonora desert, both for its early date and for its associated kill site of two gomphotheres.
    • Emperor Qin's Terracotta Army: The Story of Their Production Created: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014
      The exquisite terracotta army of the first Qin Dynasty ruler Shihuangdi represents the emperor’s ability to control the resources of the newly unified China, and his attempt to recreate and maintain that empire in the afterlife.
    • Chalcatzingo - Possible Olmec Colony in the Basin of Mexico Created: Friday, July 02, 2010 Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014
      Chalcatzingo is a fascinating site in Mexico, where Olmec-influenced carvings were made in the bedrock, 185 miles from the Olmec heartland.
    • The Bas-Reliefs of Chalcatzingo Created: Friday, February 07, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014
      The archaeological site of Chalcatzingo in the Mexican state of Morelos holds over 40 carved monuments, free-standing steles and thrones as well as carved bedrock.
    • Quetzalcoatl - Pan-Mesoamerican Deity Created: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014
      The Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent, is one of the most famous pre-Columbian deity and his cult was widespread in many Mesoamerican cultures.
    • Mammalian Domestication Syndrome - Mechanisms Behind Animal Taming Created: Sunday, July 20, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 28, 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.
    • El Remolino (Veracruz) - Early Formative Olmec Community Created: Monday, October 11, 2010 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Remolino is an archaeological site in the Mexican state of Veracruz, where a Olmec household archaeology, El Remolino, Olmec site,
    • San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán - Olmec Capital Polity Created: Saturday, September 13, 2008 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán is the name of a polity capital of the Olmec civilization, located in the Coatzacoalcos floodplain in the state of Veracruz, Mexico.
    • The Olmec Cascajal Block Created: Thursday, September 14, 2006 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      The Cascajal Block is a large serpentine block discovered in a gravel quarry in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, which is carved with 62 glyphic signs and appears to be the oldest form of a written language discovered yet in the Americas.
    • Spindle Whorls - Ancient Tool for Weavers Created: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Updated: Saturday, July 26, 2014
      Spindle whorls are artifacts found world wide, and they represent a technological leap forward in the process of making textiles.
    • Bloodletting - Ancient Ritual Behavior Created: Sunday, August 24, 2008 Updated: Saturday, July 26, 2014
      Bloodletting is an ancient rite, practiced throughout the world, but most particularly in Central American cultures such as the Olmec and Maya.
    • Ancient Cities Created: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      The study of the archaeology and history of ancient cities can enlighten us as we face challenges from designing sustainable cities on planet earth.
    • Social Organization - The Elements of Living in Groups Created: Saturday, March 19, 2005 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      The study of social organization in anthropology looks at the way people organize themselves, in order to live together in some sort of reasonable manner.
    • Bering Strait and the Bering Land Bridge Created: Tuesday, April 08, 2008 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      The Bering Land Bridge allowed human population into the Americas some 15,000 years ago: and scholars suggest it may partly regulate global climates.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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