#Anthropology roundup: “Archaeology at the Borders of the Refugee Crisis

In Uncategorized on September 22, 2022 at 13:29

Archaeological methods, which are typically used to study the past, can also illuminate the experiences of today’s displaced people.

This article was originally published at Knowable Magazine and has been republished with Creative Commons.

MILLIONS OF PEOPLE from the Global South have left their homes behind to escape poverty, violence, war, or drought. Archaeologists, who usually look back in time, can turn their expertise to these forced migrations, learning about the experiences of these displaced people and the barriers they face by examining the things that are used, carried, or cast aside.

In Spain, Scapegoating Spikes During the Pandemic

An anthropologist and a Rroma activist investigate the rise in prejudice and abuse toward Rroma people during the COVID-19 crisis. ✽ During the first wave of the pandemic, someone took a photo of a man in Seville, Spain, who had come down with COVID-19. Though thousands of people were similarly infected, this image went viral on WhatsApp, spreading symptoms of prejudice and hostility—because the

5 Ancient Societies that Collapsed When the Water Ran Dry

Did Neanderthals Make Art?

Experts continue to debate whether Neanderthals were painters and jewelry-makers. A paleoanthropologist explores the evidence for Neanderthal art and the sources of people’s skepticism.

As a Neanderthal researcher, I’m familiar with the stereotypes of Homo neanderthalensis: dull, unintelligent, lacking the imagination to do more than bash each other on the head. They just sat around, gnawing on mammoth, awaiting their inevitable extinction. So, in 2018, I was excited when I saw a headline announcing “It’s Official: Neanderthals Created Art.” I quickly found the scientific article and read that new evidence from Spain had dated art in three caves at more than 65,000 years old. The only people in Europe at that time were Neanderthals!

A woman and two girls stand by a truck hauling a fir tree. The woman leans over the tree, holding her hands up, as if she is wafting the scent of the tree toward her.


Former first lady Michelle Obama savors the scent of a Douglas fir tree presented to the first family for Christmas in 2010. Rod Lamkey/Getty Images

Vivian,* a Washington, D.C.–based art curator, realized she had COVID-19 in December 2020. “I bought a tree, and I brought it home,” she recalls. “And I thought, This tree has no smell. What did they sell me? Is this a bad tree?

Multisensory Ethnography Through Emplaced Augmented Reality

Anthrovision Incorporating moving and still images and audio within the text, I examine in this article how site-specific augmented

Does “Monkeypox” Give Monkeys a Bad Name?

The debate over naming the virus known as monkeypox says a lot about the close—but fraught—relationships between

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