What is a potlatch?
By: Dr. G. A. Anderson
"Potlatch" is a word that is unfamiliar in many cultures, yet a popular event in others. Trying to imagine what the meaning of the word is could bring to mind several possible images. A fastener on a pot would be the most common first impression...
Archaeological sites: Jenne-jeno
By: Lian Slayford-Wei
Archaeological Sites: Jenne-jeno The archaeological site of Jenne-jeno in modern day Mali, offers us great insight to the West African way of life and the impact of the trans-Saharan trade by the North African Arabs. Jenne-jeno emerged around the 3rd century BCE and by the...
By: Cody Hodge
What does survival of the fittest mean? Survival of the fittest was a phrase that was coined to describe why some species were able to surive, and why others didn't. Why did some species develop the traits necessary to continue living where they were, and...
An overview of archaeological sub-disciplines
By: Egon Lass
EXPERIMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY Experimental Archaeology is the carefully controlled replication of ancient processes and behaviors during the use or manufacture of material culture. It would include flint knapping - the making of stone tools that are similar to ancient ones - and then using them for...
Introduction to landscape archaeology
By: David Colello
For most people, the only archeology they come across is in movies such as Jurassic Park or Indiana Jones. The image is of scientists carrying out painstaking searches for ancient artifacts. Whether by carefully excavating fossils over the course of weeks and months, or...
Introduction to maritime archaeology
By: Frances Stanford
Man has always had a relationship with the sea and the lakes and rivers in his environment. Ever since prehistoric times, people have always found a way to develop ways of travelling on the waterways and harvesting the marine life under the ocean to supply...
Introduction to experimental archaeology
By: David Colello
Experimental and archaeology at first seem like a contradiction in terms, but upon closer inspection seems a logical combination. Traditional archaeology involves either blind luck or educated guesses followed by long periods of painstaking excavation. Experimental archaeology takes a much more hands on approach to...
Why mankind might be millions of years older than once thought
By: James Johnson
Mankind has often been accused of being much older than suspected by most scientists. There are all sorts of theories and speculation about where man originated. Some claim we travelled from the stars thousands of years ago and were "planted" on Earth by aliens as...
Male initiation ceremonies
By: Jishi Santos
A never before published, eye witness account. I write here a 'first hand account' of a male initiation ceremony I stumbled upon in 1964, in the highlands of Papua-New Guinea, amongst the Huli people of Tari, in the Southern Highlands of that island; the...
By: Lian Slayford-Wei
The Excavations at Ohalo II The excavations of Ohalo II, situated in northern Israel, provide us with a remarkable insight of Epipaleolithic lifestyles in this area. The site has been dated 18,000 BCE and was first discovered in 1989 when the Sea of Galilee...

 

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