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The Story of Archaeology

Brian Fagan— There really is something to Indiana Jones, except that it’s all wrong. It’s rumored that Jones was an amalgam of several early twentieth century archaeologists, but Lucas Films is firmly mum on the subject. The history of archaeology over the past century-and-a-half is indeed replete with bold exploits

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Ep. 52 – A Little History of Archaeology

Are Indiana Jones and Lara Croft real archaeologists? Brian Fagan takes us through the history of archaeology from the early treasure hunting days to the rigorously scientific present.   Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Soundcloud  

The Earliest Humans in North America

Thomas S. Kidd— When did the first people come to live in North America? Or, humanly speaking, when did American history begin? These questions deal with really old history, but the answers are changing all the time. Just last month, archaeologists working at the Aucilla River in Florida announced the discovery

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A Conversation with Richard Conniff

The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History turns 150 this year, and to celebrate, we spoke with Richard Conniff, author of House of Lost Worlds, about some of the fascinating stories from the museum’s long history. Yale University Press: Why should we care about natural history museums? Richard Conniff: The business

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The Monastery at Ranod: Exploring The Remains of Medieval India

Today, we are very proud to publish an important new book – Tamara Sears’s Worldly Gurus and Spiritual Kings: Architecture and Asceticism in Medieval India, the first full-length study of the matha, or Hindu monastery, which developed in India at the turn of the first millennium.  In the course of

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A Study in Slate: The Hidden Treasures of the Hunsrück-Schiefer

The Hunsrück Slate (in German: Hunsrück-Schiefer) is one of the most valuable fossil records for paleontologists to examine. The slate was first excavated by paleontologists in 1997, and the investigation has not been completed yet. More than just visual echoes of a distant era, the fossils serve as valuable research material

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Beneath Biblical Lands

There was a time when historians would have to accept some details of the past as great unknowns. Without the ability to go back in time, recording and relating history will always pose difficulties. But each year, more and more of these oppositions are being removed. Today, modern archaeological research

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Lest We Forget: Burials and Beliefs Between the Oceans (and Other Snappy Titles)

Follow @yaleSCIbooks Sarah Underwood— A thousand years from now, casual readers of history probably will not see too much distinction between the people of 1890 and those of 1990. I wonder if they will look at the giant stone angels of Victorian graves and assume that our generations wore black

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Unearthing New York

Last week, workers excavating the future World Trade Center site made an astonishing discovery: the remains of an eighteenth-century wooden ship, presumably buried as landfill two hundred years ago. If you aren’t already familiar with the story, read the account from the New York Times here. Has this left you

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