Born-digital photography: not all prints are created equal

A few years ago, I opted to take on the overwhelming task of organizing and digitizing the records associated with the legacy collections at the Natural History Museum of Utah.…


Prehistoric puma poo reveals oldest parasite DNA ever recorded

The paper: “Ancient parasitic DNA reveals Toxascaris leonina presence in Final Pleistocene of South America“ is freely available for a month.…


How to make the data and code for your manuscript available to peer reviewers ‘before’ making it public

It’s no surprise to any internet user that the way we communicate is rapidly changing. For example, in the distant past, we learned the news of the world by reading a few paragraphs of tiny text in hard copies of newspapers.…


Pursuing the prayerstone hypothesis

Incised stones have long attracted my attention because of the large assemblage (more than 400) that we excavated at Gatecliff Shelter. My interest was recently re-awakened after learning of Southern Paiute oral histories about the use of incised stones as prayerstones, and I reached out to indigenous colleagues in the Great Basin...


A new approach to digital heritage and archaeology

We’ve entered a golden age in which digital methods and computational approaches have opened exciting new avenues for research, management, documentation, preservation, access, and public engagement in archaeology and heritage.…


The archaeology of home: Chinese migrants in transnational perspective

In the 19th century, more than 2.5 million Chinese left the Pearl River Delta to venture abroad, travelling in search of work and economic opportunity.…


Curating large skeletal collections: An example from the ancient Maya site of Copan, Honduras

Fifteen years ago it seemed my dreams were coming true. Jane Buikstra had just agreed to take me on as her PhD student and I was invited to begin an inventory of the skeletal remains at Copan, Honduras.…


Fossil shark teeth discovered in leftover rock that contained SUE the T. rex

Freshwater shark lived in South Dakota, had teeth shaped like “Galaga” spaceships SUE the T. rex is the most famous fossil from the Hell Creek Formation of South Dakota—the most complete skeleton ever discovered of the world’s most popular dinosaur.…