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Ever feel like there's something missing in a news break? Written by U.S. archaeologist and science writer K. Kris Hirst, these stories support breaking news items by filling in some of the blank spaces, fueled by Kris's irrepressible nosiness, uh, curiosity.

Woman working in Japanese rice paddies in springtime
Woman working in the rice paddies of Sawara, Chiba, Japan. Angie, Wikimedia Commons

September 14, 2020. Domestic Paddy Rice Expansion Was Affected by Climate Change

Goat in Rabat, Morocco
This goat in Rabat, Morocco does not approve. Photo by Andrew Marwan, Wikicommons

September 3, 2020. Redating Lactose Tolerance in Adults

A member of the newly discovered pack of New Guinea highland wild dogs, thought to be closely related to New Guinea Singing Dogs. Credit: Anang Dianto
A pack of New Guinea highland wild dogs are thought to be closely related to New Guinea Singing Dogs. Credit: Anang Dianto

August 31, 2020. A New Population of New Guinea Singing Dogs

La Chamba pottery used in the experiments
La Chamba pottery used over the course of the year-long study, taken at the conclusion of the experiment. Residues are visible on the inner surfaces and pots marked near the handles with the initials of each archaeologist-chef. Credit: Jillian Swift

August 27, 2020. Experimental Archaeology in Food Residues

High-resolution 3D scan of the mummy of an Egyptian cobra. Credit: Swansea University
High-resolution 3D scan of the mummy of an Egyptian cobra. Credit: Swansea University

August 21, 2020. High-Res Images of Egyptian Animal Mummies

Map from 'Tornadoes and Derechos, Gustaves Hinrichs 1888
Map published by Gustaves Hinrichs 1888 in direct rebuttal to John Park Finley, in which he named derechos

August 18, 2020. The Tetchy History of Derecho Science

Examples of Fluting on Points from South Arabia
Stone fluted points dating back some 8,000 to 7,000 years ago, were discovered on archaeological sites in Manayzah, Yemen and Ad-Dahariz, Oman. Until now, the prehistoric technique of fluting had been uncovered only on 13,000 to 10,000-year-old Native American sites. © Jérémie Vosges / CNRS

August 7, 2020. Arabian Neolithic Pastoralism and Fluted Points

Camelid figurine made of Spondylus shell from Lake Titicaca
Camelid figurine made of Spondylus shell (27 mm long) and rolled gold sheet (25 mm long) (photograph by T. Seguin, Université libre de Bruxelles)


Metal boxes and milk cans in which the Ringelblum Archive was stored
Three out of ten metal boxes and two milk cans in which the Ringelblum Archive was hidden. From 'Martyrdom, Struggle, Extermination of Jews in Poland 1939-1945,' Publishing House of the Ministry of National Defense, Warsaw 1960, photo no. 150.

July 24, 2020. Battling Typhus in the Warsaw Ghetto

Reconstruction of the fourth-century BCE Temple of Asklepios at Epidauros (right), showing the ramp extending out of the front/east side (© 2019 J. Goodinson; scientific advisor J. Svolos).
Reconstruction of the fourth-century BCE Temple of Asklepios at Epidauros (right), showing the ramp extending out of the front/east side (© 2019 J. Goodinson; scientific advisor J. Svolos).

July 21, 2020: Disability Ramps for Ancient Greeks

13th Dynasty Black Granite Sphinxes, Musee Gizeh.
13th Dynasty Black Granite Sphinxes, Musee Gizeh.

July 15, 2020: Origins of the Hyksos


July 8, 2020: Precolumbian American and Polynesian Sailors

April 21, 2020: Recovering from Catastrophe: Lessons from the Past
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