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Anthropological Aficionado | Activist Social Media Archaeologist | PhD, RPA | she/her
22 Sep
I need a cooking challenge today but didn’t feel like bread or cake or pastry. Tamales it is! 🫔 I’ve only made these a few times but I read a dozen recipes so let’s goooooo!
Slow-cooking the pork now, so it can cool. Then will make the red chili sauce, then assemble tamales for steaming for dinner. Also slow cooking black beans as a side. My house already smells of cumin and it's amazing.
All the separate parts taste great, but I forgot that my cooking kryptonite is rolling tamales. 🫔 Even after watching a few YouTube videos, they’re still janky. 🤷🏻‍♀️
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20 Sep
I am going to disagree with a lot of this, perhaps an unpopular opinion. While science is definitely for everyone, and I don't think gatekeeping the presentation of science is a good thing, there's a difference between gatekeeping and professionalization of archaeology. (1/n)
US archaeology used to be treasure hunters and metal detectorists and people who just liked to dig stuff up. There wasn't a lot of education or training required - just money. But around the time of the Civil Rights movement, new laws and regulations were passed... (2/n)
... that began to protect cultural resources, particularly of Indigenous and Black populations in the U.S. So, suddenly, there was a need for culture resource management (CRM), and archaeology job opportunities skyrocketed in the 1970s. (3/n)
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26 Aug
This 217-page report is... something. Still trying to process all the WTF'ery in it, but it kinda seems like ESH. Anyone interested in bio/arch/forensic ethics should read it.

(Trigger warning for gratuitous inclusion of photographs of violence being done to Black men.)
So, the report is by a law firm hired by Penn to investigate. They interviewed a ton of people and read loads of stuff to produce the report. However, the report seems to be focused on basically establishing that Penn didn't know what was up. Anyway, some things I learned...
Starting on p. 34 of the report, there is an explanation of the recovery of the remains from the MOVE bombing. This is important from a forensic standpoint and clarifies why there are few remains from certain individuals - the city basically just scooped up rubble w/ a crane.
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23 Feb
Studying ancient skeletons has always been a little -- well, more than a little -- weird. But I've recently started adding DNA to my work, and one result in particular has kind of freaked me out (for lack of a better term) this week. [1/10]
In the work I've been doing on the Oplontis skeletons (Italy, 79 AD), I've been trying to use mtDNA haplotypes to figure out biological relationships among the 64 people who all died in the same room due to the eruption of Mt Vesuvius. [2/10]
My hypothesis going in was that they were maybe a few extended families, sheltering together. So I've been looking for concordances that would suggest close maternal relationships like mother/child, aunt/nephew, cousins, etc. [3/10]
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9 Jan
On Wednesday evening, just after white nationalists stormed the U.S. Capitol, a panel in the Society for Historical Archaeology annual conference was kicked off. And a well-known white male professor used Nazi language and gesture to intimidate a younger woman panelist. (1/6)
Shortly after the plenary panelists were introduced, archaeologist Liz Quinlan spoke about her successful efforts to create accessibility documents for the SHA conference. She concluded and the moderator, Dr. Della Scott-Ireton, asked if there were questions. (2/6)
U Penn archaeologist Dr. Robert Schuyler said he had questions, but they ended up being irrelevant to Liz's presentation and to the plenary topic itself. As Liz told him this wasn't the place and held the floor, he shouted her down. See video in next tweet. (3/6)
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16 Dec 20
Alright, anthropologists. While I haven't read the entirety of That Book on Repatriation that's making the rounds, I have read the last paragraph of each chapter. Hoo boy, I did not expect it to be *this bad*. Screenshots follow...…
For the introduction, I'll highlight this endnote. This is not how the majority of anthropologists use the term "race."
Chapter 1: Paleoindians; The Understudied Individuals

In which we get the authors' assertion that Science Conquers All for the first time.
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21 Oct 20
Hey, #archaeology folks! Do you - or anyone you know - need a PAID 💰 internship for 2021? I'm looking for a grad student to help me as Registrar. My project involves archiving old RPA docs, so I could really use someone with expertise in digital archiving and/or curation. (1/5)
The applicant should be self-directed; available to work approximately 10 hours per week; have access to the internet; and able to work remotely from their home. Familiarity with Google Drive, membership databases, version control, and tDAR is preferred, but not required. (2/5)
The intern will assist in: updating and maintaining the membership database; extracting, scanning, concatenating various public & confidential files; sorting and culling documentation; employing best practices in document and data archiving; and writing white papers. (3/5)
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11 Mar 20
Since all the cool kids are doing it, here are my suggestions for faculty finding themselves required to pivot to online biological anthropology courses this week. (Thread!)

#anthropology #pedagogy #online #COVID2019 #coronavirus
Tricks to putting (particularly introductory) courses online = 1) split your lectures into short videos using Camtasia/Zoom/etc.,
2) link to others' video resources (e.g., @SciShow), and
3) ask your students to do their own research/homework/lab projects.
I'd recommend making sure everything you do is *asynchronous*. You don't know when/how/if students have broadband access. You don't know their home responsibilities (caregiving duties, etc.). Best not to assume everyone can call in/zoom/skype for a synchronous meeting.
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15 May 19
I've seen loads of people discussing the #Alabama #AbortionRights issue this morning, shocked that this could happen. As an anthropologist and (former) six-year resident of "lower Alabama" (FL panhandle), let me give you a bit of history.

I lived in Pensacola, FL, for six years, as a tenure-track (and then tenured) professor at the University of West Florida. I got a job offer there in summer of 2012.

As I started looking into the place that would be the new home for me, my husband, and our then-3-year-old daughter, this was the top news item:…

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1 May 19
Good morning, folks still following the #SAA2019 debacle. Some new info has just come in, so here's another mini-thread... (1/n)
Two of the #MeToo survivors who left #SAA2019 due to @SAAorg's failure to kick out David Yesner (who had been banned from UAA campus and the Alaska Anthro Assoc) have confirmed that they've had their registration fee refunded by SAA. (2/n)
And I also got second-hand information from an anonymous Board member that they are muzzled due to the SAA's lawyer. The lawyer has insisted that if the Board talks, they could compromise their Board insurance and open themselves up to personal liability. (3/n)
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21 Apr 19
Today is both #Easter and the 2772nd birthday of the founding of Rome (#NatalediRoma), and the second day of #Passover. So here's a short thread on how these three things are MUCH more closely related than you thought! (1/n)
First, Passover. This is the English word for the translation of "pasha" (Aramaic) and "pesah" (Hebrew) for "he passes over." It's a reference to God passing over the Israelites when killing first-born Egyptians. (2/n)
In Late Latin, the word "pasc(h)a" was used to mean both Passover and Easter. This seems to be related to the fact that both holidays were reckoned based on the vernal equinox. (3/n)
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18 Apr 19
OMFG. I just... honestly have no words right now. First, the SAA doesn't "credential" journalists. I know because I headed the Media Relations Committee. (1/7)
Second, the SAA sends invites to the conference to HUNDREDS of journalists and science communicators, which includes people like me who write for science news outlets. (2/7)
Again, I have a list of more than 300 people that Amy Rutledge compiled as the PR person for @SAAorg to invite/send a press release about #SAA2019 to. I added some to her list as chair of the MRC.

But I can confirm that @mbalter wasn't on that list. (3/7)
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2 Feb 19
Academics, scholars, and researchers! Give me 3 emojis that summarize your latest research, and I’ll write you a click-bait headline based solely on them. 😏

#academia #researchemojis #scicomm
You'll Never Believe Why This Cow Left a Temple With 5 Fingers

Exclusive: What Happened The Day Broadway Exploded

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17 Nov 18
💀Skeleton story time! 💀

Since I was tweeting earlier about how one should not buy/own/sell human remains, here's the story about the time I did call the police because of random human body parts, and what happened next...

#anthropology #bioarchaeology #osteology #skeleton
This box showed up in my lab classroom one day when I was teaching at UWF. No note. No explanation.
It was lab time, and my #osteology students were in there studying for their exam, with my TA (@Angervana) answering their questions. I asked @Angervana if she knew what it was. She did not.
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13 Nov 18
Me in August: Franz Boas was the father of modern American anthropology. He praised ethnography and participant-observation!
Students: ✍🏻

Me yesterday: Alright, let's talk ethics. Who wants to hear about all the shady shit that Boas did?
Students: 😳😬😮😧
If anyone wants a "Boas was shady af" story, you know what to do:

... that time Boas helped some grave robbers steal Native skeletons, and sell others.

... that time Boas imported 6 Inuit, 4 of whom died of TB, and 1 of whom he faked the burial of.
Story the First: Franz Boas and "My Inuit"

Boas was born & educated in Germany, obtaining his PhD in physics in 1881 but then returning to his love of cultural geography w/ a habilitation thesis defended in 1886 on Baffin Land and a book two years later on The Central Eskimo.
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30 Oct 18
Gather round, kids, for an ancient #Roman #zombie story. It's legit good - from the 1st century AD and involves eyeballs, hag-hair, and Julius Caesar in addition to a reanimated corpse. 🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️🏛️💀…

Remember the soothsayer in Shakespeare? You know you do -- think back to high school and the "beware the Ides of March" warning. Well, she was hella tame compared to Erichtho the apparently world-famous Thessalian witch.

But first things first...

The night before the Battle of Pharsalus (9 Aug 48 BC), Pompey the Great was freaking out. Julius Caesar, once his BFF (brother in the first triumvirate - wait, that doesn't have an F), was mounting a Civil War against Rome. Trying to become dictator for life.

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19 Oct 18
Osteology specific PSA: Don't buy equipment from Paleo-Tech. A bunch of us are currently looking into what the heck is going on with this company that used to supply specialized equipment for measuring human skeletons.
I've heard from folks who haven't gotten orders placed months ago. A quick check of the BBB website has an F rating and several unresolved complaints against Paleo-Tech.…
It appears the company may have been sold some time in late 2017, from James Kondrat (who would go to the AAPA meetings, etc.) to one Kevin Fraser. But there are no working phone numbers, only street address and email for contact information on the site.
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18 Oct 18
I'm not generally in the habit of writing tweet threads, but since the last one was so successful and taught so many people new things, here's a second, much more discipline-specific one about that Vesuvian date, public scholarship, and collegiality.

In writing yesterday for Forbes, I posted a piece that was unlike my usual public outreach: it was a short news item followed by a short explanation of why the possibility of a changed Vesuvian date mattered to me as a scholar of Roman archaeology.…

The reason, I explained in a thread, is seasonality. Summer vs. fall matters for questions about diet and disease, as I laid out in a thread that's been retweeted hundreds of times.

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16 Oct 18
Short thread on the importance of that new Pompeii graffiti and eruption date, to follow up on this very general story I posted earlier:…

The date of Vesuvius's exact eruption has been debated for quite some time. I learned about the possible October date as an undergrad, for example. The later date makes sense b/c of the clothes worn and, more importantly, the fruit in season.

Fruit may seem odd as an important item, considering how much wonderful wall painting, architecture, pottery, and more survives from Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Stabiae, and more. But it gives us a specific time in the year that the destruction occurred.

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