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The Real Indiana Jones(es): Gustaf Kossina
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The Real Indiana Jones(es): Gustaf Kossina

Today I wanted to talk about a famous, and very controversial archaeologist. He helped to cement the transition to culture-historical archaeology, but he also helped to lay the groundwork for Nazi propoganda. Though Kossina promoted a lot of ideas that are frankly disgusting to modern archaeologists, he nonetheless represents a major shift in archaeological thinking. … Continue reading

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CRM Archaeology: What are RPA’s, NRHP and SHPO?

In this blog post, I want to talk a bit about the professional qualifications that CRM archaeologists have to meet, and the state and national offices that oversee archaeological work. If you are interested in regulations regarding Native American sites please see: NAGPRA. This post will only deal with historic archaeology. On a nationwide level, the … Continue reading

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The Human-Environment Relationship: The Impacts of Fire

The relationship of humans and the environment is incredibly complex. While human culture and society are inevitably shaped, in part, by the environment in which they live, humans themselves may shape the environment even more. Human activities have resulted in changes to forest and vegetation composition, the creation and expansion of grasslands, as well as … Continue reading

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NAGPRA

NAGPRA or the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act is an important piece of legislation passed in 1990. This act protects the rights of the indigenous people of America to Native American material culture including human remains, sacred or ceremonial objects, or other objects of cultural patrimony. Under this act, any institution that receives … Continue reading

The Real Indiana Jones(es): Gertrude Caton Thompson
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The Real Indiana Jones(es): Gertrude Caton Thompson

1888-1985 Gertrude Caton-Thompson was born in London in 1888 (Kirwan 2004). She was the only daughter and the youngest child (Kirwan 2004) of a middle-class family (Champion 1998). Her father was a barrister and he died when she was five years old leaving her financially independent (Kirwan 2004). She was educated at the Links School, … Continue reading

Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe: The Origin and Spread of Social Complexity in Southern Africa
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Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe: The Origin and Spread of Social Complexity in Southern Africa

Huffman, T.N., 2009. Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe: The origin and spread of social complexity in southern Africa. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 28(1), pp.37-54. Synopsis:  The focus of this article is a short-of compare and contrast between the two states of Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe. Mapungubwe was a pre-colonial state located in what is now South Africa. It … Continue reading