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  • “It will enable [archaeologists] to prospect for features and see things you can’t see with your eyes and that you often can’t see with any other method over gigantic areas very quickly,” he said, adding he plans to deploy the technology at sites in Iraq, Mexico and Hawaii. “I would say it could be potentially game-changing if people would adopt it.”

    Read the AP article in the New York Times....

  • Prof. Casana demonstrated some new tools of the archaeologist's trade and gave his students the opportunity to discover footprints of razed buildings in the center of Dartmouth's campus.

    Read the Dartmouth News article.

  • Chelsey Kivland, an assistant professor of anthropology at Dartmouth College whose research focuses on street politics and violence in Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince, expressed deep concerns about Monday’s announcement, “mainly because the effects of the earthquake are not temporary,” she said in phone interview on Thursday. “I do understand that TPS is something that’s not supposed to last forever, but at the same time, it’s supposed to expire when the effects of the disaster have...

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  • Drones have made it easier for Dartmouth’s Jesse Casana to do interesting archaeology, including finding things long hidden at the Shaker Village site in Enfield, but there’s a part of him which is just a little bit sorry.

    “It feels like cheating a little,” admitted Casana, a professor of archaeology in the school’s department of anthropology.

    Besides, he misses the kite. “I got really good at flying the kite.”

    Kite? Yes, and balloons, too.

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  • It is no wonder that populism has become a dirty word for many on the political left. In light of Trump’s rise, populism has come to stand for xenophobes, zealots, and maniacs who reject compromise and pluralism.

    Moderate Democrats are right to be suspicious of populism, whether embraced by Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders. They may well invoke the dangers of a charismatic leader who claims to give voice to a morally pure, homogenous Volk. Indeed, Trump’s disturbing...

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  • Global South Scholar and Postdoctoral Research Fellow Amanda Tan has been awarded the American Society of Primatologists (ASP) Deb Moore Award for Early Career Primatologists. It honors "exceptional early career researchers who demonstrate their passion and dedication for extending knowledge through original research of primates in their natural environment."

    Dr. Tan is working with Prof. Dominy on a collaborative project...

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  • From the Washington Post:

    In 1845, two of the best ships England could build set off on a quest to find the fabled Northwest Passage — then vanished without a trace.

    The mystery enthralled a generation of adventurers. No one could believe that the pride of the British Royal Navy, commanded by the legendary Sir John Franklin, had fallen victim to nature's wild menace. Convinced that there must be survivors, and tempted by the promise of a reward of 20,000 pounds from Franklin's...

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  • Have you ever wondered why humans walk on two legs rather than four? In this course, we will explore how science investigates this unusual form of locomotion. We will start our investigation by looking at the mechanics of upright walking in humans and comparing that to bipedal locomotion in large birds, bears, and apes.

    Learn more about the course and enroll.

  • Zaneta Thayer ’08 is concerned about stress, though not her own. As a biological anthropologist, she studies how stress shapes patterns of human biology and health.

    “The thing I focus on most is the social environment, how factors such as poverty and racial discrimination can impact human biology and, in turn, shape health,” says Thayer, an assistant professor of anthropology.

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  • What, exactly, are the arts and sciences? That’s the question Dan Rockmore, the William H. Neukom 1964 Distinguished Professor of Computational Science, asked himself and 26 other faculty members this year. Each answer grew into a chapter for a book he edited, called, as you might expect, What Are the Arts and Sciences? A Guide for the Curious (Dartmouth College Press, 2017).

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