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  • 23 May 2023
    Karenleigh A. Overmann

    An archaeological approach to … numbers??!

    The question of where numbers come from is perhaps one of the last great mysteries of our time. Today, numbers are seemingly everywhere, and yet, they are nowhere to be found in nature. Ancient Greek philosophers like Plato thought that numbers were universals, eternal concepts that were in a sense real, albeit differing substantially in […]

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  • 31 Mar 2023
    Kelvin E. Y. Low

    Crafting Sensory Anthropology In/Of Asia

    What does an anthropology of the senses entail? What part do the senses play in everyday life in Asia across a variety of historical and contemporary contexts – stretching from the pre- to post-colonial and including the transnational? How are the senses connected to a range of everyday life domains that comprise religion, morality, foodways, […]

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  • 21 Mar 2023
    Magnus Marsden

    ‘More than just a national treasure’: Afghanistan’s non-Muslim communities in the diaspora

    The return to power of the Taliban in Afghanistan in August 2021 shed a renewed spotlight on the fate of the country’s ethno-religious minorities. In September and October of 2021, the two remaining Jews living in Afghanistan left Kabul. By January 2023, all but a handful of Sikhs and Hindus living in the country had […]

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  • 11 Jan 2023
    Catherine Kearns

    Weathered history: what ancient countrysides can tell us about climate

    Today’s media increasingly serves us clickbait climate histories. Headlines prompt us to read how the city-states of the Maya collapsed because of drought, how massive empires like that of the Neo-Assyrians or Akkadians buckled from the pressures of aridity and famines, or why Genghis Khan’s armies were successful due to abundant rains across Mongolia. Such […]

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  • 16 Jun 2022
    Jean-Claude Poursat, Carl Knappett

    Six millennia of Aegean art… in six hundred pages

    This book, initially published in French as ‘L’art égéen’ (two volumes, Paris 2008-2014), provides a history of the artistic output accompanying the development of Aegean civilisations, from the Neolithic (c.7000 BC) to the end of the Bronze Age (c.1050/1000 BC). During this long period, the Aegean world sees a remarkable development of artistic creations and […]

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  • 11 Apr 2022
    Reproduced with the kind permission of the National Library of Scotland and the Church of Scotland World Mission Board.
    Harri Englund

    Visions for Racial Equality

    Image reproduced with the kind permission of the National Library of Scotland and the Church of Scotland World Mission Board.

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  • 13 Sep 2021
    Douglas B. Bamforth

    Archaeology as History on the Great Plains

    Many people see “history” as something we get from written records that tells us how important people influenced great events—colleagues in my institution’s history department sometimes make that clear. From that perspective, the “history” of indigenous people on the North American Great Plains is a story of Euroamerican expansion resisted by groups like the Comanches […]

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  • 8 Jan 2021
    Michael E. Smith, Frances Berdan

    Who Cares about the Lives of Aztec People?

    We do! The Aztecs have gotten a lot of bad press over the years. Popular accounts stress human sacrifice, warfare, and imperial exploitation. Although historians and archaeologists have tried for decades to counter such biases, that effort has had only partial success. We are both Aztec specialists, and we have published many technical books and […]

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