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An undergrad interested in paleoanth, biology, art, and museums.

(everything else)



Innovation and cultural transmission in the American Paleolithic: Phylogenetic analysis of eastern Paleoindian projectile-point classes

  • by Michael J. O’Brien, Matthew T. Boulanger, Briggs Buchanan, Mark Collard, R. Lee Lyman and John Darwent

North American fluted projectile points are the quintessential temporally diagnostic artifacts, occurring over a relatively short time span, from ca. 13,300 calBP to ca. 11,900 calBP, commonly referred to as the Early Paleoindian period. Painting with a broad brush, points from the Plains and Southwest exhibit less diversity in shape than what is found in the East, especially for the later half of the Early Paleoindian period. It remains unclear how various fluted-point forms relate to each other and whether the continent-wide occurrence of the earliest fluted-point forms represents a single cultural expression, albeit with regional differences. We used phylogenetic analysis to evaluate fluted-point classes from the eastern United States. Preliminary results suggest that there is both temporal and spatial patterning of some classes and that much of the variation in form has to do with modifications to hafting elements. Although our analyses are presently at a coarse scale, it appears that different kinds of learning could contribute in part to regional differences in point shape” (read more/open access).

(Open access source: Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 34:100-119, 2014 via

This has some of the best paleoindian tool typology diagrams that I’ve ever seen and I cannot wait to read this later!.

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Pretty sure you want a palaeontologist, dude.

(or bioarchaeologist!)


Pretty sure you want a palaeontologist, dude.

(or bioarchaeologist!)

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So I’ve finally had time to reflect and think, and boy has this dig been amazing. I finished up three weeks ago, at which point I promptly made my way from the southern area of Transylvania to the the north for the Juvenile and Infant Osteology Workshop (but more on this equally amazing experience later).

I went on a dig with ArchaeoTek-Canada in Rapoltu-Mare, Transylvania. We worked in conjunction with the local museum and archaeologists from the Romanian Ministry of Culture. The site was an extensive Roman Villa, possibly along a major Roman thoroughfare.

The architectural level was close enough to the surface that the beginning was mostly just plow level - but once we got it below it we were greeted by a hypocaust system, colorful plaster fragments, and more ceramic than could possibly be enumerated here.

Below the Roman assemblage was what looked to be a Neolithic burning pit, which left trademark stratigraphy patterns in the profile.

I’ve learned a lot (historically: I knew nothing about Dacian history before coming here, and I’m now obsessed. technically: I’m leaving with a better understanding of GIS, soil testing, Total System operation, stratigraphic mapping, ceramic dating, the wild ways of Pálinka…) and I’m grateful for everything.

First international dig checked off!

(Aerial shot of the site copyright Andre Gonciar/ArchaeoTek-Canada)


Artist on Tumblr

Minghao Dong | on Tumblr (b.1983, China/France)

Minghao Dong was born in Inner Mongolia, China. Graduated from University of Dalian in 2008, Minghao works predominantly in the medium of painting but also engravings and installations. Gerard Richter has been the greatest influence. This new series of paintings is a reflection of the artist pondering on the properties of human, life and death in a time characterized by impatience, fragments, nihility, and a duality of highly developed civilization and disorder. Minghao Dong has had solo exhibitions in Dalian at Tianyi Gallery, and has participated several group exhibitions in China. He lives and works in Paris since 2009.

© All images courtesy of the artist

[more Minghao Dong]

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Common Seal Skeleton by JRochester on Flickr.




having the form, appearance, or attributes of a female.

[Michael Reedy]

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“Language is one of the threads that holds this cultural tapestry together.”


Sociolinguist Minnie Quartey Annan, studying DC accents

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Kiyoshi Saitō  (1907-1997, b. Aizubange, Fukushima Prefecture, Ιαπωνία, Japanese) - From The Eye series, 1975       Woodblock Prints


Kiyoshi Saitō  (1907-1997, b. Aizubange, Fukushima Prefecture, Ιαπωνία, Japanese) - From The Eye series, 1975       Woodblock Prints

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For our latest podcast, The Skull, we did a little experiment in 3D printing.

Visit our Thingiverse page and print your own 2 million-year-old skull (or, if you don’t have access 3D printer, at least check out the nifty “thingview” option).

(Thanks to Henry Reich of MinutePhysics fame for snapping these photos!)