Another exciting development in the history of our closest cousins, this post talks about the incredible hunting prowess of the Neandertals, and what that means for understanding their cognitive capabilities.
The World’s Oldest Instruments Are Probably Older Than You Think.
A short discussion of the Geißenklösterle flutes, and just how amazing they are.
Meet Cousin Rudolf.
In this post we meet Homo rudolfensis, a contested relative at the base of our genus.
The Grandparents of My Cousin
In this very basic write up, we meet Homo heidelbergensis, the top competitor for our shared ancestor with the Neanderthals.
Almost but Not Quite Crazy— a Wee Bit on Cast Iron Repair
This post goes over cast iron repair, using my own success and failure as examples, as well as considerations to make before deciding whether or not to repair at all.
History has a Life of Its Own.
So as you may know, I’ve been researching the institution of slavery in Rhode Island, and more broadly in the northern United States. What started with the grave of Adjua D’Wolf being in pitiful condition grew into the desire to try and flesh out a bit about her life. I’d read in a few sources … Continue reading History has a Life of Its Own.
The Histories We Choose
It probably surprises few people besides myself that I’m fairly involved with local history. As an anthropologist, I’m perpetually of the view that all history is local, and that local history is global. However, also as an anthropologist, I’m also well aware that the history we celebrate is a choice, and often one that wasn’t … Continue reading The Histories We Choose
When it Comes to Understanding the Past, the Future is Lookin’ Pretty Crappy (that’s a good thing)
Briefly going into a bit more detail about the work of Taryn Johnson, we learn more about how anthropologists reconstruct our past
A Bit of the Industrial Revolution in the 21st Century
Rhode Islanders...like the Industrial Revolution. I’ve always known this, but it wasn’t until I kinda sorta accidentally produced a documentary on it that I really began to grasp the extent of it. I say “accidentally” because well, I kinda didn’t mean to. I’m not an industrial historian. Truth be told, I’m not even the biggest … Continue reading A Bit of the Industrial Revolution in the 21st Century
A Little Finger and a Lot of Background.
With the announcement that a Denisovan finger bone physically resembles modern humans while genetically being more related to Neandertal, I give some context as to how we can know that.