Anthropology Articles

Archaeology Articles

Nabta Playa: The World’s First Astronomical Site Was Built in Africa and Is Older Than Stonehenge | Discover Magazine

This 7,000-year-old stone circle tracked the summer solstice and the arrival of the annual monsoon season. It’s the oldest known astronomical site on Earth.


Jeremy Sabloff – Archaeology of the 99 Percent

Jeremy Sabloff – Most people in antiquity were too poor to leave many artifacts behind. Archaeologists have learned how to look beyond the 1%.


A Radical New Theory About the Origins of Art – SAPIENS

Paleolithic cave art animals – Archaeologists are tapping cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology research to figure out how our ancestors began making figurative art.


Stone Age Myths – Stone Age Myths We’ve Made Up – SAPIENS

Stone Age myths – Commonly held views of ancient history are often colored by what survives in the archaeological record—and by cultural biases.


Cultural Anthropology Articles

Land Acknowledgment – Why Land Acknowledgments Matter – SAPIENS

One anthropologist views land acknowledgment — honoring traditional lands — as a way to remember the past while stepping toward the future.


Hijra – India’s Third Gender Rises Again – SAPIENS

Hijra – Hijras, a gender nonconforming community, are striving to overcome a century of discrimination and reclaim their holy status in society.


In Nigeria, dreadlocks are entangled with beliefs about danger

Nigerian men who wear their hair in knots are not a new phenomenon, but the hairstyle’s spiritual heritage sparks fear in the hearts of many.


Linguistics Articles

Language Lessons | Anthropology News

A documentary film shows the challenges faced by Soli children as they learn in a language that is not their own. But does the future have to be in English?


The Joy of Dialects | Anthropology News

What a froggy mystery in Papua New Guinea can teach us about the pleasure and power of language diversity.


How Did Human Language Evolve? Scientists Still Don’t Know | Discover Magazine

Humans have language and other animals don’t. That’s obvious, but how it happened is not. Since Darwin’s time, scientists have puzzled over the evolution of language.


Where Do New Languages Come From?

New languages – Where do recently recognized tongues come from, and what does their flourishing tell us about how to keep rare or threatened languages alive?


Physical Anthropology Articles

5 Skulls That Shook Up the Story of Human Evolution | Discover Magazine

Skull finds can change the way we think about human origins — but often not without controversy.


Bipedality – Unraveling the Mystery of Human Bipedality – SAPIENS

Paleoanthropologist Carol Ward explains how walking upright marked a milestone in hominin history.


The Neanderthal Body – A Head-to-Toe Tour – SAPIENS

The Neanderthal body has stories to tell about the life and times of our ancient hominin cousins.


The Neanderthal Diet From Teeth to Guts – SAPIENS

Neanderthal diet – Neanderthals tooth enamel, torsos, and even fossilized poop reveal that they ate much more than meat.


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