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A Somali Archaeologist Is Championing Heritage in the Horn of Africa

Field Notes
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Heritage Forensics Is Tackling Devastating New Forms of Cultural Erasure

An illustration features a person with a protruding forehead, long brown hair, and a beard wearing an animal skin over their shoulders and holding a wooden spear. A child with similar long brown hair and clothing sits on the person’s shoulders.

The Family Lives of the Last Neanderthals

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Alive in the Flapping of Infinite Orange Wings

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Purple in Cycles

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Hunting Down the Facts About Paleo Diets

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The Aztec Antichrist Chronicles Indigenous Resistance and Religious Conversion

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Aztec Antichrist: A Performance of the Apocalypse

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Centering the Voices of Victims and Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

With forest in the background, shirtless people with "USA" painted in red on their chests wear a mix of jean and khaki bottoms. Each person holds a long bamboo stick in their left hand, balancing it on their left shoulder. The group steps forward in unison.

What Cargo Cult Rituals Reveal About Human Nature

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Will a Nobel Prize Make Paleogenomics More Accountable?

A person wearing a blue-and-white-striped headwrap wades calf-deep in water, bending over to harvest long, woody crops planted in rows.

How Can Societies Decolonize Conservation?

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Unsung Native Collaborators in Anthropology

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Why AI Will Never Fully Capture Human Language

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Why Indigenous Fire Management Works

Cultural Relativity
A woman wearing a blue dress stands at a podium with the seal of the U.S. president in front of an American flag and a wall of Zoom images of people.

Derogatory Place Names Need Indigenous Revision

A person holds the handle of a frying pan filled with a yellow stew on a gas stovetop.

Confronting Xenophobia Through Food—and Comics

Field Notes
A black-and-white photo features three baboons near the side of a dirt road. Two look on as a third bends over to drink from a puddle.

Extracting Hominin Evolution From Fossilized Teeth

Children stand in front of video game displays and a large green tractor.

With So Few Farmers, Why Are Video Games About Farming So Popular?

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Was Our Skin Meant for the Sun?

On a sunny day, two people sit on stools under an awning made of wood and cloth. They are facing each other, and one holds a clipboard.

What Is Cultural Anthropology?

A protestor holds a blue, green, and red patterned flag while wearing a face mask with the same pattern.

In Spain, Scapegoating Spikes During the Pandemic

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Does “Monkeypox” Give Monkeys a Bad Name?

A person lies in bed next to a smartphone displaying numbers and symbols.

Are Insomniacs Overthinking Sleep?

Cultural Relativity
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When Women Answer the Call of Duty

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Misperceiving Life Expectancy in the Deep Past

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What Is Freedom in a Brazilian Favela?

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Finding Mental Health Issues Hidden in the Past

Human Nature
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Archaeology at the Borders of the Refugee Crisis

Human Rights
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What’s Behind the Backlash to Lightyear’s Animated Kiss?

A tall, stair-step pyramid of beige stone in the distance towers over other stone ruins, with its top level plateauing just under a light-blue sky with white clouds.

What Ended This Hub of Ancient Maya Life?

A close-up image features an open book with visible text that reads, “Descent of Man.” Around it are a pair of yellow glasses, a hand-drawn schematic, a rolled tie, a harmonica, and a slide rule.

Excavating My Dad’s Life

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