Tag Archive | archaeology

The Evolution of Language

Robin Dunbar is amazing. I just finished his book Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of Language, and it was an eye-opening, insightful and compelling read. The main points of the book are that language evolved as a result of the pressure to keep and maintain social ties in larger primate groups. Once that begins to […]

Smelling a Rat on Easter Island

The narrative that Dr. Hunt wove from his years of research on the island turned out to be quite different. Strangely, at the beginning of his research, he truly believed he was merely going to catalog the evidence that was going to support the assumptions of previous researchers who had proposed the human driven ecological collapse. A different picture began to emerge.

Improvisation: the Original Survival Tool

When it came down to it, mother nature laid the smackdown on early Homo Sapiens. We arrive in the archeological record about 200,000 years ago. About 90,000 years ago, Africa‚Äôs climate became extremely arid in a very short time leading to a resource crisis. No food and no water means no surviving for many of […]

Getting caught up.

I’ve been negligent about updating for a while. So here’s the skinny: I’ve got 50 pages of my thesis draft written.  I’ve got to try to keep it under 100. I’ve had to swear off improv until my thesis is finished because I got a day job doing archeology. My good friend, Nate Halloran, has […]