Intentionally mutilated head of Egyptian Pharaoh Hatshepsut. Elizabeth Ellis, CC BY-SA

Ancient cancel cultures: The defacement of statues in America replicates a tradition going back millennia

Aug. 20, 2020

The result of months of protests over racial injustice and monument destruction may seem like a modern form of American political speech. It’s not.

Testing illustration

Documenting fear, anger, grief, humor, love

June 22, 2020

Anthropology students at CU Boulder explore how we feel a pandemic

The Cliffs at New Mexico

Ancient societies hold lessons for modern cities

June 19, 2020

Today’s modern cities, from Denver to Dubai, could learn a thing or two from the ancestral Pueblo communities that once stretched across the southwestern United States. For starters, the more people live together, the better the living standards.

Forest Cat

We wanted to know where Madagascar’s mysterious ‘forest’ cats came from. What we found

May 18, 2020

The origin(s) of Madagascar “forest” or “wild” cats has long been a mystery

Aaron LaMaskin

Outstanding grad looks to trapdoors and emergency exits

May 12, 2020

Aaron LaMaskin, the college’s spring 2020 outstanding grad, documented the curation process of a groundbreaking exhibition in Santa Fe

Detail from a document called the Grolier Codex.

Solving the case of the lost Maya codex

April 15, 2020

An artifact discovered in 1965 may have been a long-rumored fourth Maya codex. It may also have been a forgery. Archaeologist Gerardo Gutiérrez and his colleagues were on the case.

refugee camp in Uganda

Anthropologist wins research award to work with young refugees

June 11, 2019

She wants to improve the lives of children living in the world’s second largest refugee camp, which is in Uganda and shelters people fleeing violence and unrest in South Sudan.

Hurricane Harvey flooding

Grant-writing boot camp pays off for social sciences

June 11, 2019

Four workshop participants win big National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Maya

Were the ancient Maya space pilots? Not even close, prof says

March 6, 2019

‘Pseudo-archaeology’ is subject of anthropologist’s CU on the Weekend talk on March 16.

Gerardo

Anthropologist launches high-tech study of color in ancient art

May 18, 2018

It’s easy enough to marvel at a tapestry of color in your local museum, but University of Colorado Boulder students are getting a first-hand look at human history that only an ultra-close examination of color can provide.

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