What I wrote last month at Forbes -- Warlord with malaria, cultural infanticide, shackled Greek skeletons, archaeo casualties of Trump's wall, and more!
Here's what I wrote over at Forbes in the month of March:
- 8 March - 8 Awesome Anthropologists Advancing Public Outreach. It's a list of my favorite anthro blogs, just in time for International Women's Day! Do click over and follow some of these awesome women scientists.
- 14 March - Warlord Who Caused the Fall of Rome Was Killed by Malaria, New Research Shows. Another neat retro-diagnosis by Francesco Galassi and team. This one focuses on Alaric, the Visigoth who sacked Rome.
- 14 March - The New York Times Tackles Cultural Infanticide, Riles Up Anthropologists in the Process. This not-very-anthropological NYT article ticked off a lot of people with its racist vocab.
- 21 March - How Trump's Wall Would Trample Hundreds of Archaeological Sites. I did some back-of-the-envelope calculations about the number of sites the proposed border wall would run into. There's a good comment on the post from an archaeologist who gives a much larger figure than I did. And if I use his data, we come out to about the same number -- close to 3,000. While he doesn't seem to think this is a problem, I don't like the history of the government waiving archaeological mitigation and am pretty sure it'd happen in the case of a border wall.
- 24 March - Archaeologists to Study Shackled Skeletons from Ancient Greece to Understand Rise of Athens. Jane Buikstra asked me to write about her latest project on conservation of the Phaleron skeletons, so of course I said yes. It's a fascinating project that almost makes me want to go back to Greek bioarchaeology.
- 26 March - The Curious History of Easter Eggs from Birth to Burial. I revised a post originally written here at PbO on Easter eggs in time for, well, Easter.
- 31 March - New Homo floresiensis Dates May Quash Cryptozoological Theories about 'Hobbits'. There's an interesting idea that the presence of this species in Indonesia until comparatively recently is preserved in local folklore. But new dates from the cave the remains were found in pushes that date pretty far back and makes it unlikely the cryptozoology theories are based in any fact.