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Five of the World’s Landmark Ancient Places of Worship

Spiritual beliefs can be dated back to the middle Palaeolithic 300, 000 years ago. At this time, early Homo sapiens and Neanderthals began to ritually bury their dead with grave goods and deliberate care, suggesting a belief in the afterlife. 1,617 more words

Who Are You?

I am a second-year PhD student in Archaeology (as a subfield of Anthropology) at Harvard University. I received my B.S. at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), majoring in English Literature and Anthropology with a focus in archaeology, with minors in Spanish and Art History. 190 more words


Maize from El Gigante Rock Shelter shows early transition to staple crop


Mid-summer corn on the cob is everywhere, but where did it all come from and how did it get to be the big, sweet, yellow ears we eat today? 158 more words

Mormon Research - Welcome Back

After focusing on having a family (welcome baby boy Jonah!), I am back ready to share my research with more fire than ever!  (Check out the rest of the posts on this blog for intro videos, a recorded webinar video, written posts, and a survey that you can fill out to tell me what topics you are interested in). 109 more words

LDS Temples

True or False?

Welcome to our daily true or false questions about varying archaeological topics.

True or False: The Olmecs emerged before the Aztecs.

Answer: True! The Olmecs emerged before the Mayans, and the Mayans emerged before the  Aztecs. 50 more words


"Smiling" Figure

Mexico, Mesoamerica, Veracruz,  7th–8th century, Ceramic, H. 18 11/16 x W. 11 3/4 x D. 6 1/4 in. (47.5 x 29.9 x 15.9 cm)

The so-called Smiling Figures from the Remojadas region of Veracruz are often regarded as expressions of Mesoamerican humor. 171 more words


Language by Baptism: Parte Cinco

Each day here seems to get better. If that’s the intention of an immersion experience, it definitely applies in my case.

Yesterday began with a walk to our host family’s eatery for breakfast and then on to the AHA! 1,726 more words