Finding a balance with ethnoarchaeology?

I’m finally attempting to informally put into words some of my musings, misgivings, methods and mistakes around ethnoarchaeology. Clever colleagues of mine have already articulated very well the many pitfalls on the subject of making use of ethnographic data in archaeological research. Here I will try to summarise some of my own thoughts and researchContinue reading “Finding a balance with ethnoarchaeology?”

Wikipedia editing (and gender bias)

It has been far too long since I last wrote a post. My intentions are to primarily use this blog for science communication, but somehow this work often gets shunted to the back of the pile. So, I will try to share more often, even if posts are brief. I read sometime ago about theContinue reading “Wikipedia editing (and gender bias)”

Documentary: The Real Neanderthal

I’m really excited that I was asked to be a part of this CBC documentary, as part of The Nature of Things series. It comes out (in Canada…) this Friday. While I haven’t seen it in its entirety yet, there’s a nice clip here of Harry Hughes throwing a replica of Schöningen Spear II. YouContinue reading “Documentary: The Real Neanderthal”

Two Sticks: What a new find from Schöningen tells us about Pleistocene hominins

Yesterday the discovery of a second short wooden stick from the site of Schöningen 13 II-4 (Germany) was published in Nature: Ecology and Evolution. Schöningen 13 II-4 dates to around 300,000 years ago and is best known for its collection of complete and nearly complete wooden spears and the remains of a large quantity ofContinue reading “Two Sticks: What a new find from Schöningen tells us about Pleistocene hominins”

American Museum of Natural History: my child’s perspective

Today I am sharing a co-authored post. My eight year old daughter and I review our recent visit to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. We’ve visited museums together in many countries, and she usually enjoys them. She had a very negative reaction to the AMNH, and although I was surprised,Continue reading “American Museum of Natural History: my child’s perspective”