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Hodgkins publishes on the shifting status of cultural symbols

May 7, 2019

Jamie Hodgkins, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, writes: “In November 2016, a swastika was painted on an elementary school in my Denver, Colorado, neighborhood of Stapleton. As an archaeologist who specializes in identifying the remains of animals hunted by early humans, my work doesn’t often involve symbols. But after this event,...

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Beekman on repatriating artifacts

Nov. 29, 2018

Returning 2000 year old figures to Mexico requires not only proof that they are authentic but evidence they were brought into the United States illegally, which can demand lengthy police investigations. Christopher Beekman, Associate Professor of Anthropology, who has identified artifacts for the Department of Homeland Security and the Canadian...

Colwell on threats to museums

Sept. 20, 2018

Chip Colwell, Lecturer in Anthropology, writes about how risks to museums are constantly evolving. Museums are locked in a constant struggle against decay and an almost absurdly wide-ranging array of natural and human threats. There's even a formal list of the evil-sounding "agents of deterioration" that museums use to evaluate...

Otañez on child labor in tobacco

July 19, 2018

Marty Otañez, Associate Anthropology Professor, said, "There is a disconnect between what company representatives say they do and what they actually do," he alleged. "In every segment during the tobacco production process, you find different magnitudes of child labour." Tobacco: activist investors pressure £20bn companies over child labour The Guardian...

Colwell on ethics in historic genetic data gathering

April 12, 2018

"As an archaeologist, I share in the excitement around how technology and techniques to study DNA are leaping ahead... But, I have also closely studied the history of collecting human remains for science. I am gravely concerned that the current "bone rush" to make new genetic discoveries has set off...

Musiba weighs in on new fossils in Crete

Feb. 1, 2018

Charles Musiba, Associate Professor of Anthropology, points out that when it comes to fossils and other hominid discoveries, it takes years of extensive testing and research before any finding can be endorsed to join coveted historical listing Tanzania: Legislators Call for Aggressive Promotion of Hominid Footprints AllAfrica , January 25

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Warrener on impacts of child-bearing hips

Dec. 14, 2017

Anna G. Warrener, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, did a study while at Harvard University to test the notion that wider pelvises in women decrease the efficiency of locomotion.