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Anthropologist welcomes zombies in the classroom

“The Anthropology of Zombies and the ‘Undead,’” a fourth-year course that explores the cultural fascination with the beings that occupy the space between life and death.

Oct 30, 2016

The Stélida Naxos Archaeological Project – 2016 Season

A recap and summary of our work done in our second summer excavation season at Naxos, Greece.

Sep 02, 2016

Day of Archaeology 2016

The Sustainable Archaeology lab has submitted a piece detailing 135 years in the life of Ontario Archaeology to the Day of Archaeology community. Take a time trip beginning with the early formal archaeology and its avocational or ‘collector’ foundations and parallels in the Province

Jul 29, 2016

Ancient DNA Research

McMaster Anthropology graduate students Matthew Emery and Katherine Eaton on Global News talking about DNA

May 26, 2016

Digging for Treasure in Sudan: An Unforgettable Experience

New Op Ed piece by PhD candidate, Matt Emery, in today's Hamilton Spectator

Mar 30, 2016

Team of experts to investigate death of Nobel winner Pablo Neruda

An international team of genomics experts and forensic investigators will conduct a scientific and historical analysis of the remains of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, the Nobel Prize winner who mysteriously died in 1973, just days after the bloody coup by General Augusto Pinochet.

Feb 24, 2016

Scientists map genome of giant, shelled mammal known as the 'glyptodont'

Scientists have sequenced the entire mitochondrial genome of the ancient glyptodont, a giant, strange mammal and ancestor of the modern-day armadillo, which first appeared approximately 4 million years ago, roaming the Earth until its extinction during the Ice Age.

Feb 22, 2016

McMaster helps Science Centre dive deep into the Ice Age

McMaster’s Hendrik Poinar has helped the Ontario Science Centre open a new exhibition on the woolly mammoth.

Feb 17, 2016

New course sends students to Morocco to learn about health care

Ellen Amster was profoundly impacted by her fifteen years in Morocco...

Jan 26, 2016

Descendants of Black Death confirmed as source of repeated European plague outbreaks

An international team of researchers has uncovered new information about the Black Death in Europe and its descendants, suggesting it persisted on the continent over four centuries, re-emerging to kill hundreds of thousands in Europe in separate, devastating waves.

Jan 15, 2016

Artifact Imaging - Z-Stacking A Scraper

Part of our work at SA McMaster is to explore artifact material and manufacture technique using our Zeiss AxioZoom high resolution microscope. Occasionally we will be posting photographs to highlight a range of artifacts and the imaging techniques we use to capture them in detail.

Aug 04, 2015

Out of the classroom and into the friary

Second year Anthropology student Savannah Sewell has spent part of her summer getting her hands dirty.

Jul 30, 2015

Mystery Box #1: the Hicks Site

As we mentioned in our first post, the Sustainable Archaeology McMaster team spends a lot of time trying to sort out the provenience and excavation details of the collections in our care. To try and help solve these mysteries, we’ll be posting about some of the more bemusing cases from time to time, asking readers to contribute any information you might have that would give us some insight into the biographies of these collections.

Jun 08, 2015

The Archaeology of Archaeology

If there’s one thing archaeologists are good at, it’s gleaning as much knowledge as possible from the tiniest scraps of information. Today, archaeologists make a point of festooning their collections with all of this hard won data so that future generations won’t have to – er – dig for it quite as vigorously as they did. Details about which unit of a site an artifact comes from, how deep in the soil it was, the date it was excavated, and who found it only make up a portion of all the information compiled by most archaeologists working today. We call this “provenience," and it is crucial to forming an accurate understanding of the artifact, the site where it was found, and the people who created it. Some researchers even go to the trouble of recording the precise GPS coordinates of each artifact as it is discovered in the unit.

Jun 06, 2015

Day of Archaeology 2015

To our delight, Sustainable Archaeology McMaster recently participated in our first Day of Archaeology. Our post covers a bit of everything, outlining the purpose of the initiative as well as some of our ongoing projects and what our daily tasks consist of.

May 29, 2015

Social Sciences sees strong representation in YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

The YWCA of Hamilton recently handed out its Women of Distinction Awards, recognizing four women from McMaster’s Faculty of Social Sciences.

May 01, 2015

Greek Media Coverage

SNAP gets its first dedicated coverage in the Greek media with online reports in Vima tis Naxou, Naxos Now, and Kykladiki.

Jun 17, 2014

September 2013 - CIG Directorial Visit

The Stélida Naxos Archaeological Project hosted the Director of the Canadian Institute in Greece (CIG), Prof. David Rupp and his wife Dr. Metaxia Tsipopoulou last September, the results of which were documented in the CIG blog.

Sep 06, 2013