In a survey of scientists engaged in field research, the majority — 64 percent — said they had personally experienced sexual harassment while at a field site, and 22 percent reported being the victim of sexual assault.
Most of the people reporting harassment or assault were women, and the vast majority were still students or postdocs.
And for female victims, the perpetrator was more likely to be a superior, not a peer. “This is happening to them when they are trainees, when they are most vulnerable within the academic hierarchy,” says evolutionary biologist Katie Hinde , an author on the study in PLOS ONE. Hinde and her colleagues say this could be a factor in the large number of women who enter scientific fields but don’t continue.
Students work at an archaeological dig near Silchester, England.
There’s a great series of posts out there in the archaeology blogging world about “Unwritten Rules of Professional Archaeology.” Looking to work as an archaeologist? Read up on the good advice and hard truths.
A sketch I did of one of the statues at the Mayan exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science today. I’d had grand plans to draw my way through the entire exhibit, but turns out there’s so much cool stuff to look at in there, even the 2.5 hours I had wasn’t enough time to see it all AND draw more than one thing! In any case — HIGHLY recommended, Denver folks. Go see it before it leaves in August!
I’m 99% sure this is the same Maya exhibit created by the Science Museum of MN in conjunction with other institutions which is currently on its National Tour. This exhibit is the best.
The Folsom Point was crafted from flint some 10,000 years ago. Discovered in the 1920s on a joint expedition by this Museum and the Denver Museum of Natural History, this spear point is among the most important archaeological finds ever made on this continent.
The discovery of the Folsom Point, which was found embedded in a bison that has been extinct for 10,000 years, provided evidence that humans arrived in North America much earlier than scientists previously thought.
- American Museum of Natural Hustory
Angkor is one of the most important and the greatest archaeological sites in the world. This by the way the world’s largest (400 square kilometers) temple complex (almost a 1000 temples) was between IX and XV century the capital of the Khmer Empire. Probably, in the eleventh century, numbering one million inhabitants of Angkor was the largest city in the contemporary world.
I could cry it’s so perfect.
Mesopotamia’s rich cultural history is a blessing and a curse as extremist groups make their way into the lucrative global antiquities market.
Listen to the latest archaeological headlines in this week’s audio news podcast from archaeologica! Headlines this week include:
- Maya council house excavated in Guatemala
- Warrior grave dates to time of Caesar’s Gallic Wars
- Roman temple excavated in Northwest England
- Ketchup, beer and a radio—Saturday night at a POW camp?
Check out the full podcast here.
Caral, Peru. The Norte Chico people constructed a complex of pyramids, temples and geoglyphs here between the 27th and 20th centuries B.C.E., contemporaneously with the Old Kingdom of ancient Egypt.
Last week, two colleagues and I visited a collector that I met on a plane on the way to Sante Fe, NM for the Paleoamerican Odyssey conference. The collector had genuine concerns for what would become of his collection upon his death. He knew that he had some Paleoindian artifacts from a site that, while previously recorded, had not been recognized as having a Paleoindian component. Upon analyzing the collection, it became clear to my colleagues and I that this collection represented a significant prehistoric (and historic) archaeological site.
The collection consisted of well over 500 diagnostic projectile points, and came entirely from a single field in Western Pennsylvania. All of the artifacts from this field were acquired through avocational pedestrian survey (NO SUBSURFACE DIGGING). The collector was very open to us studying, analyzing, and writing up any data we could gather from his collection. While he has a considerable bit of cultural heritage boxed up in his home, I consider him a “good guy” who only has enrichment and learning in mind. We will visit him again to continue studying the collection.
From shooting their enemies with darts to harvesting body parts as trophies, ancient foragers in central California engaged in sporadic, and sometimes severe, violence, according to a new archaeological study spanning 5,000 years. Read on to learn more about the grim evidence of this violence, and what experts think drove it »
Ostrów Lednicki is one of the most important archaeological sites concerning the early history of Poland.
Located in an island in the southern portion of Lake Lednica between the cities of Gniezno and Poznań - in the heart of early Slavonic Polanie tribe - it’s a place where a gród (gord - medieval Slavonic fortified settlement) was built and existed around the 10th-11th centuries, at the times when early Poland started to take a shape. Originally the island was connected with the land by a long platform bridge (very characteristic for the architecture of the West Slavs), currently the only way to get to the island is to use a ferryboat. Existing ruins of a chapel, church and palace, thought to be the home of the first Kings of the Piast dynasty and a supposed place of the king Mieszko’s baptism, have been roofed over for preservation. Today the ruins are of archaeological significance, and the site of the Museum of the Piast Dynasty, opened in 1969.
// In Polish: do obejrzenia “Wyspa Władców" i do pobrania "Studia Lednickie"- czasopismo naukowe Muzeum Pierwszych Piastów na Lednicy
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