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This week in anthropology, archaeology, bioarchaeology

Two Ancient Egyptian tombs discovered in Oxyrhynchus, Egypt

Skeletons of a fetus, pregnant woman, and men found in York church 

Scientists create Black Death bacterium’s family tree, found some members have evolved to become harmful 

Genomic diversity and amixture differs between Stone Age Scandinavian foragers and farmers  

115-year-old woman’s blood reveals limits behind longevity 

Sex and race discrimination begins in academia even before graduate school 

What if people told European history the way they tell Native American history?

Search for grave of Spanish author, Miguel de Cervantes, worthy of Don Quixote  

Well-preserved mummy discovered in the Valley of the Kings 

Archaeologists may have discovered tomb of Alexander the Great, in Alexandria, Egypt 

Ancient bones show sings of struggle with coeliac disease (or gluten allergy)  

Neolithic famers assimilated with Scandinavia hunter-gathers 

Archaeologists discover secret to building the Egyptian pyramids, wet sand 

Field work revises ice-free corridor hypothesis of human migration 

Mutter Museum, PA, exhibition features the Soap Lady, women preserved because fatty substance called adipocere encases the remains

Genetic methods for sex determination on the Canary Islands aborigines’ remains  

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This week in anthropology, archaeology, bioarchaeology, biological anthropology, human evolution

Representation and perception of death in Neolithic Near East site Tell Qarassa examining funerary site, human image, and similar iconographic conventions

3 million year old fossil skeleton Little Foot (or Australopithecus prometheus) oldest most complete Australopithecus ever found; also believed to be oldest Homo skeleton found (see Archaeology Magazine and Science Now)

australopithecine “little foot”

New study shows that Native Americans and Russians share same language traits, dialects reveals how ancestors migrated 13,000 years ago 

Archaeologists want to explore human origins, Georgia wants to mine gold, which is worth more? 

Archaeologists tired of unearthing unspeakable ancient evils 

Billionaires with big ideas are privatizing American science 

1600 year old basilica dedicated to St Neophytus discovered in Turkey’s Lake Iznik architecturally similar to Hagia Sofia 

Burials in Greece linked to Macedonian kings 

Learn how archaeologists in the rural highlands of Peru are supporting the local schools by providing young boys and girls with opportunities (read more about the field school PIARA at the wordpress blog the Ancash Advocate)

Egyptians may have domesticated cats around 6,000 years ago based on cat skeletons found in cemetery, see also Live Science 

3200 year-old skeleton has oldest known example of cancer (metastatic carcinoma) associated with modern lifestyle  (such as environmental–carcinogens from wood fire smoke, genetic or from the parasite schistosomiasis), for more information see Archaeology Magazine and great photos visit Popular archaeology 

Graduate students should be encouraged to explore jobs outside academia and seek advice through campus career services 

Evolutionary fitness is not the most important determinant of success 

Classical archaeologist looks to shipwrecks and harbors to examine economic networks during Roman Empire 

“An anthropologists walks into a bar…” beer company hires social anthropologists to figure out why business is waning 

20+ skills that make PhDs employable 

Architecture analysis offers new clues to Petra’s culture 

Styloid process, an osteological genetic mutation that may have enabled humans to make tools, found in ancient fossil

Shocking facts from the scaffold 

Grad student deciphers 1800 year old letter from Egyptian solider 

What is plaque? 

Footless body with sheep bones discovered in UK 

Thinking more about teeth, dental anthropology

Study shows that race determines earwax scent

Why dark chocolate is good for your heart 

Cavities (tooth decay) causes, symptoms, and treatments 

Archaeologists use lasers to map site of Angkor, heart of SE Asia’s Khmer Empire 

Human nose can distinguish between a trillion smells

Amazon Warrior Women: Any truth behind the myth? 

High demand for underwater archaeology in Vietnam 

Conche shells evolved to be smaller because of hungry humans 

Vatican library to digitize its archive and put it online 

Epigenetics: the controversial science behind ethic and racial health disparities

Archaeologists are learning more about the Roman baths between Mġarr to Gћajn Tuffieћa in Malta 

A lot is known about Colonial India, but less about Ancient India 

Primatologists study infant chimps to get at root of gender differences in humans 

Anthropology, Archaeology, Bioarchaeology, and Forensic Anthropology News from this week

Buildings made of bones from around the world

Buildings and walls of archaeological site Pompeii crumbling and collapsing 

Fascinating artifacts from the Viking world 

Graves and inhumations discovered at Late Iron Age/Early Roman site in France 

Rise in birth defect anencephaly, a neural tube defect,  among infants in Washington state puzzles epidemiologists

Mass grave of executed adult Viking males found in Dorset suffered from diseases weren’t warriors but mercenaries or peasants

Collection of 9000 year old Neolithic spirit masks to go on display in Israel 

Heated scientific debate between paleoanthropologist Drs. Tim White and Manuel Dominguez-Rodrigo about human evolution on the savanna; when is scientific debate vitriolic?

Chimu-Inca artifacts found in tomb, believed to belong to nobel musicians and weavers, showing that music was important part of life and death in Late Horizon coastal Peru

18th Dynasty tomb found in Luxor 

Evolution useful for explaining human alcohol consumption habits 

Eating insects the new “paleo-diet”? 

JPAC’s methods for identifying and repatriating humans remains from lost military personal outdated ?

Early Pacific Islanders and New Zealanders enjoyed a natural, wild diet 

New section of Inca road discovered outside Arequipa, Peru, may have served as route from Cusco to coast

Genome analysis reveals origins of genetic adaptations for high altitude in Tibetans 

Amazing women in anthropology

Forensic anthropologists uncover mass grave in Somalia 

“Little Pompeii” unearthed 40 miles northeast of Venice: Flood destroyed and preserved Roman funerary complex