Background Checks

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. The dates reflect the embargo date—that is to say, the date that the article was published.

So: I don't like this name very much. Shall we call it Digging Into? Excavations? Reading Round? Extra Curricular?

May 19, 2021 Was the Opium Poppy Domesticated in Northern Europe?
Flower and capsule of the opium poppy. Image credit: Raül Soteras, AgriChange Project. Used with permission.
February 22, 2021 Collaborative Rock Art Studies in Australia
Bronze Neckrings from the Early Bronze Age of Central Europe (Ösenringen) Image credit: M.H.G. Kuijpers (CC-BY 4.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) January 21, 2021. Early Bronze Age Money of Neck Rings
Mass grave dating to the Black Death period, identified in the '16 rue des Trente Six Ponts' archaeological site in Toulouse, France.  Photo credit: Archeodunum SAS, Gourvennec Michaël. Use in conjunction with reporting on  Spyrou 2019 January 6, 2021. Yersinia pestis and the Bubonic Plague
Aerial photo of one of the structures at Jacó Sá site, one of thousands of geometric geoglyph earthworks discovered in Mato Grosso state. Photo credit: University of Exeter December 20, 2020. Human-Altered Diversity of the Amazon Rainforest

By using ultraviolet-fluorescence imaging, Rochester Institute of Technology students revealed that a 15th-century manuscript leaf held in RIT's Cary Graphic Arts Collection was actually a palimpsest, a manuscript on parchment with multiple layers of writing. The image on the left shows the document as it appears in visible light, while the image on the right was produced by the student-built imaging system. Photo credit: RIT November 19, 2020. The Everlasting Unextinguished Legacy of Palimpsests

Cistern and water channel, Shivta, Negev Desert, Israel. Image by Acer 11. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shivta_FrDo0116.JPG October 14, 2020. Desert Flowering in the Byzantine Agricultural Settlements in the Negev

Extreme Ice Loss Rates, Greenland Ice Sheet. University of Buffalo infographic. Credit: Bob Wilder / University at Buffalo September 30, 2020. Greenland Ice Melt Highest in 12000 Years and Why That Matters
Working in the rice paddies in May. Angie from Sawara, Chiba-ken, Japan, Wikimedia Commons September 14, 2020. Domestic Paddy Rice Expansion Was Affected by Climate Change

Goat in Rabat, Morocco. Wiki Commons: Andrew Marwan
September 3, 2020. Redating Lactose Tolerance in Adults

A pack of New Guinea highland wild dogs living in the wild are 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 over the course of the year-long study, taken at the conclusion of the experiment. Residues 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
August 21, 2020. High-Res Images of Egyptian Animal Mummies

"The derecho, or "straight blow of the prairies," is a powerfully depressing and violently progressing mass of cold air, moving destructively onward in slightly diverging straight lines (in Iowa) generally towards the southeast, with its storm-cloud front curving as the storm-lines diverge." Gustaves Hinrichs 1888
August 18, 2020. The Tetchy History of Derecho Science

Fluting is a specific technique that involves the extraction of an elongated flake along the length of a projectile point, leaving a distinctive groove or depression at the base of the spearhead or arrowhead. Rémy Crassard, CNRS
August 7, 2020. Arabian Neolithic Pastoralism and Fluted Points

Camelid figurine made of Spondylus shell (28 mm long) and rolled gold sheet (25 mm long) (photograph by T. Seguin, Université libre de Bruxelles)

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 BC 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

Photograph of three black granite sphinxes collected by Auguste Mariette in 1863. Dated to the 13th dynasty and reused multiple times. Image taken at the Musee Gizeh ca. 1898. William Vaughn Tupper, Tupper Scrapbooks Collection, Boston Public Library.
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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