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by Ed Hagen last modified Jun 10, 2009 08:24 PM

The ‘Invisible Dead’ and the Development of Early Human Beliefs about the Body

by Ed Hagen last modified Sep 25, 2013 01:29 PM

Formal disposal of the dead is widely practised today, but this has not always been the case; among prehistoric societies so few burials are encountered that it appears to have been the exception rather than the rule. When did ‘formal’ burial and cremation become generalised? What significance did this have for the development of religious belief and human self-awareness? A new project funded by the John Templeton Foundation is being undertaken by an inter-disciplinary team from Durham University. The project which started in October 2012 involves a team of specialists; Principal Investigator Chris Scarre (prehistory of western Europe) and Co-Investigators Professors Graham Philip (Levant), Charlotte Roberts (skeletal analysis) and Douglas Davies (anthropologist and theologian), as well as an international Board of Advisors. Two post-doctoral researchers are also working on the project: Dr. Jennie Bradbury (Levant) and Dr. Mandy Jay (Britain). The project aims to provide a new understanding of the emergence of religious belief and self-awareness over the past 12,000 years. It is examining archaeological data from across two regions (Britain and the Levant) in order to explore the temporal, social and economic contexts of changing relationships between human socio-religious beliefs and concepts of the body and the afterlife.

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Job posting email problem

by Ed Hagen last modified Sep 24, 2013 08:58 PM

Submitted job ads were not getting through, probably because they were intercepted by Google's spam filter. If you submitted a job ad and it hasn't been posted, please submit it again. My apologies for the inconvenience.

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AAPA Meeting Abstract submission deadline extended to Sept 16

by Ed Hagen last modified Sep 11, 2013 05:25 PM

This is to accommodate Yom Kippur.

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Eugenie C. Scott Fights the Teaching of Creationism in Schools

Eugenie C. Scott Fights the Teaching of Creationism in Schools

by Ed Hagen last modified Sep 03, 2013 03:00 AM

Eugenie C. Scott’s journey to the front lines of the evolution wars began in 1974, when James Gavan, a physical anthropologist at the University of Missouri, accepted an invitation to debate Duane Gish, a biochemist and a leader in the creationist movement.

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The 20th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Bioarcheology and Forensic Anthropology Association

The 20th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Bioarcheology and Forensic Anthropology Association

by Ed Hagen last modified Aug 23, 2013 03:59 PM

The 20th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Bioarcheology and Forensic Anthropology Association will be hosted by the Graduate Students of Anthropology Association at The Ohio State University on November 8-10. Pre-registration and abstract submission is open until October 11th. Registration rates increase after October 11th.

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National Academy of Sciences Award Nominations

National Academy of Sciences Award Nominations

by Ed Hagen last modified Jun 26, 2013 05:31 PM

Nominations are now being accepted for several awards listed below. Nominations will be accepted until 11:59pm EDT, Monday, September 30 2013.

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Transmitting Science courses and workshops in genomics, morphometrics, and other areas of biology

Transmitting Science courses and workshops in genomics, morphometrics, and other areas of biology

by Ed Hagen last modified Jun 19, 2013 11:54 AM

20% discount for AAPA members. Most courses meet in Spain.

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Primate Behavior and Ecology Field Course - La Suerte Biological Field Station

Primate Behavior and Ecology Field Course - La Suerte Biological Field Station

by Ed Hagen last modified Jun 10, 2013 11:12 PM

This field course, hosted by the La Suerte Biological Field Station, Costa Rica, will run from July 1st to July 27th, 2013. It will be taught by Dr. Christopher Schmitt (Postdoctoral Scholar with the Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics, UCLA).

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AAPA Professional Development Grant leads to NSF award for Professor Sharon DeWitte

AAPA Professional Development Grant leads to NSF award for Professor Sharon DeWitte

by Ed Hagen last modified May 13, 2013 04:22 PM

The Black Death was one of the most destructive epidemics in history. Assistant Professor Sharon DeWitte at the University of South Carolina has been examining temporal changes in plague mortality patterns and the effects of the Black Death on the demographic and health conditions of surviving populations as a model for understanding the human response to emerging diseases. Funded by a 2012 AAPA Professional Development Grant, DeWitte collected paleodemographic data from several medieval London cemeteries. Among a number of interesting findings, DeWitte reports greater longevity combined with an increased frequency of periosteal lesions in the post-Black Death sample. DeWitte suggests that enhanced survival but relatively poor skeletal health at later adult ages might account for the post-Black Death pattern, a trend observed in living populations where improvements in mortality and longevity are often associated with declines in health status later in life. DeWitte is continuing her work on the health and demographic effects of the Black Death, having successfully turned her AAPA Professional Development Grant into a National Science Foundation award funded jointly by Biological Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology. Congratulations Professor DeWitte!

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