Archive | September, 2015

So You’re A Graduate Student and You Want to Get Published: Takeaways from the Anthropod Publishing Series

26 Sep

The Geek Anthropologist

By Emma Louise Backe

Anthropod, the anthropology podcast run out of Cultural Anthropology, is an excellent resource for individuals both within and without the discipline (see what I did there?). Savage Minds has celebrated Anthropod’s content, with episodes that are often highly relevant to current events and make the discipline more transparent to the wider public. Their episodes cover a variety of topics, traversing disciplines and sub-disciplines, and facilitate conversations with some of the top anthropologists in the field, who provide reflections on their fieldwork and methodological orientations, conference presentations, ethnographic writing and conditions within academia. Anthropod is also one of only a few anthropological podcasts, including the American Anthropological Association, Podcasts from the Society for Applied Anthropology (SFAA)New Books in Anthropology, and Talking Anthropology. As a fresh new grad student, I was particularly drawn to their two part series “Publishing Anthropology.” Episode…

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Durrington Walls: Surveys, Stones and Superhenges

15 Sep


When I got up last Monday I had little idea  it would turn out to be one of the most frenetic days I’d experienced since I first picked up a trowel thirty-odd years ago. At 6:45  in the morning I found myself  at Durrington Walls chatting with Karen Gardner of BBC Wiltshire as we waited to do a radio interview about the discoveries at Durrington Walls. After that I thought I’d head back to the office in Avebury, grab a coffee and settle down to work for the day.

In the quiet of a September morning with the sunlight breaking through the early morning mists as they swirled above the Avon it was almost possible to imagine the great sweep of the henge bank and ditch had always been there. But of course it hasn’t.

Few things are as you first imagine them. And although my day started peacefully enough within a few hours it had dissolved into a media frenzy…

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Welcome Homo naledi, a new and intriguing member of our genus

11 Sep

Our genus just got a lot more interesting…

F1.largeThis is Homo naledi, a fascinating composite of hominin traits. Unfortunately, there is no date associated with the find, which would do a lot to explain how these specimens fit into the evolution of early Homo.

Naledi, which means “star” in the local language has received plenty of popular press coverage, summarizing the results. If you’d like to read the primary literature, it is published online and freely available: Homo naledi, a new species of the genus Homo from the Dinaledi Chamber, South Africa.