Four Stone Hearth: Number 91

First, I want to say thank you for visiting Sexy Archaeology, I hope you’ll find my blog enjoyable and consider adding it to the sites you visit regularly.

It is a great honor to be hosting this edition of the Four Stone Hearth, especially the day before my birthday.  Four Stone Hearth is a unique endeavor.  It thrives on a collaborative effort between professionals and enthusiasts who share content and communicate all under the banner of anthropology.  Speaking from experience, Four Stone Hearth has helped introduce me to a variety of websites and individuals which have been beneficial in both my private and professional endeavors.

However, I, like A Hot Cup of Joe, was let down by the lack of submissions for this edition.  Now I don’t want to sound all preachy, but in order for Four Stone Hearth to operate we need to ensure that we’re contributing.  Here stands an amazing resource in which you are openly invited to participate, by all means utilize it!  So before we go any further I went you to pledge that you’ll contribute to the next edition on May 12th.


Without further hesitation, let’s get started!


What can we learn from Neanderthal DNA?

Archaeology’s hottest celebrity couple has always been Neanderthals and Humans.  We know they co-existed nearly 30,000 years ago, but the looming question has always been did they interbreed?  Genetic evidence is beginning to tip the scale in favor of yes.  And not just once.

Last week, I linked to this article which outlined how recent genetic evidence may indicate humans and Neanderthal’s bred on two separate occasions.  Now, Penn State professor, Webb Miller, has taken time to explain what it is exactly that we can learn from the DNA of our barrel-chested cousins.

Climate Crank Inadvertently Does Archaeology a Favour

One clever son-of-a-gun in the UK managed to undermine European dendrochronology labs.  I was not surprised to learn that labs keep their information hush-hush in order to pull in often exorbitant fees (after all they ARE businesses), but it’s good to see the little guy slipping one by for once.

The Five Points Then and Now: Ghosts of Tenements Past

Krystal D’Costa has penned up a smashing article on the Five Points section of New York City.  Her examination of the location at the time of its establishment vividly describes what conditions were like 200 hundred years ago; a truly fascinating piece for anyone who has ever visited this area.

The Linguists

I learned something this week: of the world’s seven thousand languages nearly half will disappear by the end of this century.  My inner anthropologist trembled at the thought of this.  The extinction of these languages means the end of entire cultures, traditions, and histories.

At the recent Sundance Film Festival, a film, The Linguists, chronicled three linguistics expeditions to highlight the often treacherous work that goes into preserving the languages of the world.  The film has received remarkably positive feedback thus far.

This past week, the film’s producers sat down with Anthony Brooks of On Point to discuss the film and importance of the work that they do.  It’s an interview that is certainly worth your time.

This one from England: a new project referred to as A Time Traveler’s Guide to Bristol will combine audio and visual media to recreate the city of Bristol through different periods in its history.  A Time Traveler’s Guide to Bristol will be launched this summer with a free website and iPhone/iPod Touch app.

Ah, the blending of history with endless applications of new media technology!  What an ideal place to end.


And that’s it folks!  Thanks for reading this addition of Four Stone Hearth.  The next edition will be hosted by Sorting Out Science.  See you May 12th!


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