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  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act… March 27, 2015
    This is such a tragedy.  The story of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island deserves to be told.  Apparently,  the problem here was an inadvertent violation of Section 110 of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.      http://www.latimes.com/local/great-reads/la-me-c1-cave-artifacts-20150305-story.html#page=1
  • 10,000 year old stone tools found in suburban Seattle… March 26, 2015
    Speaking of great new archaeological discoveries…   http://westerndigs.org/10000-year-old-stone-tool-site-discovered-in-suburban-seattle/  
  • Brazil and Luzia, fascinating archaeology March 26, 2015
    In the 1970s a French archaeologist made a dramatic new discovery in a cave in Brazil: the 12,000 year old remains of a woman, about twenty, with very different physical characteristics from other peoples in the Americas at the time.  After careful study, a number of archaeologists speculated that she was Australoid or even African, […]
  • What killed the mammoths and mastodons? Human hunters or climate change? March 25, 2015
    It’s not like this is a new discussion in archaeology.  Archaeologists have been debating this question for almost a century.  The evidence is strong that megafauna extinctions were caused by a mixture of climate change and human hunting, and that human hunters were here on the continent long before the famed Clovis culture arrived.  There […]
  • Sandstone and extinctions March 23, 2015
    It’s such a pretty day here.  We swear the Chugwater sandstone glows in spring sunlight.  The red color comes from its high iron content.  This particular sandstone dates to around 200 million years ago, right after the Permian extinctions (@250 million years ago) when 90% of all life on earth died.  The Chugwater tells geologists […]