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The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
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The British Museum Viking exhibition has a hint of Nordic Noir

The British Museum Viking exhibition has a hint of Nordic Noir | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Britain has embraced a love of all things Scandinavian in recent years, from TV series Borgen and The Killing, to author Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy. 

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DNA From 12,000-Year-Old Skeleton Helps Answer the Question: Who Were the First Americans?

DNA From 12,000-Year-Old Skeleton Helps Answer the Question: Who Were the First Americans? | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Some 12,000 years ago, a teenage girl took a walk in what’s now the Yucatan Peninsula and fell 190 feet into a deep pit, breaking her pelvis and likely killing her instantly. Over time, the pit—part of an elaborate limestone cave system—became a watery grave as the most recent ice age ended, glaciers melted and sea levels rose.


In 2007, cave divers happened upon her remarkably preserved remains, which form the oldest, most complete and genetically intact human skeleton in the New World. Her bones, according to new research published in Science, hold the key to a question that has long plagued scientists: Who were the first Americans?


Prevailing ideas point to all Native Americans descending from ancient Siberians who moved across the Beringia land bridge between Asia and North America between 26,000 and 18,000 years ago. As time wore on, the thinking goes, these people spread southward and gave rise to the Native American populations encountered by European settlers centuries ago.


But therein lies a puzzle: "Modern Native Americans closely resemble people of China, Korea, and Japan… but the oldest American skeletons do not," says archaeologist and paleontologist James Chatters, lead author on the study and the owner of Applied Paleoscience, a research consulting service based in Bothell, Washington.


The small number of early American specimens discovered so far have smaller and shorter faces and longer and narrower skulls than later Native Americans, more closely resembling the modern people of Africa, Australia, and the South Pacific. "This has led to speculation that perhaps the first Americans and Native Americans came from different homelands," Chatters continues, "or migrated from Asia at different stages in their evolution."


The newly discovered skeleton—named Naia by the divers who discovered her, after the Greek for water—should help to settle this speculation. Though her skull is shaped like those of other early Americans, she shares a DNA sequence with some modern Native Americans. In other words, she’s likely a genetic great-aunt to indigenous people currently found in the Americas.


The new genetic evidence from Naia supports the hypothesis that the first people in America all came from northeast Asia by crossing a land bridge known as Beringia. When sea levels rose after the last Ice Age, the land bridge disappeared.


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Read an anthropologist's paper about the rituals of 1950s Americans

Read an anthropologist's paper about the rituals of 1950s Americans | Cultural History | Scoop.it
In the 1950s, Horace Miner became annoyed at the tone taken by anthropologists. They seemed to patronize and distance themselves from the culture they claimed to study.

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New and cheaper method to screen ancient bones for DNA

New and cheaper method to screen ancient bones for DNA | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Hege Ingjerd Hollund proposes a combination of three screening methods:


  • microscope examination
  • inspection with ultraviolet light
  • infra-red spectrometry (a form of chemical analysis)


No single way of checking old bones produces an adequate result,” she explains. “I believe combining different approaches will give the best outcome.”


This solution is proposed in the thesis she has had accepted by the Free University of Amsterdam, which makes her one of the few Norwegians with a PhD in conservation of ancient remains.


These methods are not only fast and simple to do, but they also preserve the piece cut or drilled from the bone,” she says. “This can therefore be reused in other analyses.”

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Men, Women, and Inequality in the Neolithic

Men, Women, and Inequality in the Neolithic | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Does the rich dude get the hot chick -- even in prehistory?

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