Month: March 2015

Daniel Adler in Science News

An interview with Daniel Adler in Science News about stone-tool making:

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Telling stories from stone tools

Imagine if tens of thousands of years from now, archaeologists were to dig up a pile of wrecked, 20th century cars and try to figure out what people did with the strange-looking things. After measuring soil-encrusted automobile shells and scattered engine innards, the researchers might well announce the discovery of ancient religious altars. Support for their interpretation would come from fragments of 20th century texts describing widespread car worship. Eminent scientists might propose that basic altars were made in a city called Detroit before being modified by their owners into objects suitable for worship. A flood of publications would sort the artifacts into categories of altars based on the presence or absence of tail fins and roof racks…

Coverage of Dimitris Xygalatas’s work in The New Yorker

Maria Konnikova from The New Yorker covers work of UConn Anthropology faculty Dimitris Xygalatas:

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Pain Really Does Make Us Gain

Last year, Dimitris Xygalatas, the head of the experimental anthropology lab at the University of Connecticut, decided to conduct a curious experiment in Mauritius, during the annual Thaipusam festival, a celebration of the Hindu god Murugan. For the ten days prior to the festival, devotees abstain from meat and sex. As the festival begins, they can choose to show their devotion in the form of several communal rituals…

UConn Anthropology at SfAA Meetings in Pittsburgh

Faculty, graduates, and students affiliated with UConn ANTH presenting at the SfAA Meetings 3/24-28 in Pittsburgh, PA:

BRAULT, Marie A. (UConn), SINGH, Rajendra and JAGTAP, Vaishali (Int’l Ctr for Rsch on Women) Multi-Level Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health Outcomes for Young Women in Low-Income Communities in Mumbai, India

COLON, Richard and CLANCY, Alexander (UConn) A Gentleman Always Tells: Challenging the Way Fraternity Men Talk about Sexual Violence

ERICKSON, Pamela (UConn) College Students’ Knowledge and Perceptions of Privacy and Safety in the Digital Age

FRANK, Cynthia (Yale U), KYRIAKIDES, Tassos (Yale U, VA CT Healthcare System), FRIEDLAND, Gerald and ANDREWS, Laurie (Yale U), KOZAL, Michael (Yale U, VA CT Healthcare) A Study of the Concordance of Knowledge and Beliefs Held by Patients Infected with HIV and Their HIV Health Care Providers Regarding Single Tablet Regimens (STR). (KNABSTR study).

LERMAN, Shir (UConn) An Ugly Paradise: Mental Health, Social Stressors, and Puerto Rico’s Political Status

MARCUS, Ruthanne (Yale U) and SINGER, Merrill (UConn) Assessing the PHAMILIS Syndemic of Homeless Women
RUIZ, Hector (U Pitt) and ABADIA, Cesar (UConn) Latin American Participatory Action Research (PAR) Ethnography. Arts and Collaboration through Hope and Despair at the Colombian Child and Maternity University Hospital

SCHENSUL, Stephen L. (UConn Sch of Med), SCHENSUL, Jean J. (ICR), and BRAULT, Marie (UConn) Translating Ethnography into Intervention.

SINGER, Merrill (UConn), Jose Hasemann (UConn), Abigail Raynor (UConn) “I feel suffocated:” Understandings of Climate Change in an Urban Heat Island.

UConn Anthropology at Paleoanthropology Society 2015 Annual Meeting

Faculty and graduates from UConn ANTH presenting at Paleoanthropology Society 2015 Annual Meeting 04/14-15 in San Francisco:

Posters, Tuesday, April 14:
Frahm, E., D. S. Adler, J. M. Feinberg, K. N. Wilkinson and B. Gasparyan. Developing geochemical and magnetic studies of obsidian lithic assemblages: a case study in the Hrazdan, Valley, Central Armenia.

Glauberman, P., B. Gasparyan, S. Kuhn, K. Wilkinson, E. Frahm, Y. Raczynski-Henk,
H. Haydosyan, S. Napapetyan, D. Arakelyan and D. Adler. Hominin population dynamics and dispersals in the Armenian highlands and Anatolia: new data from Barozh 12, a Middle Paleolithic open-air site on the edge of the Ararat Depression, Armenia.

Mant-Melville, A. Impact fracture patterns on experimental basalt points – towards a more robust macro-fracture method.

Oral Presentations, Wednesday, April 15:
Leslie, D. E., S. McBrearty, G. Hartman. Reconstructing Middle Pleistocene landscapes in the Kapthurin Formation using biomass
productivity and stable isotope proxies.

Blegen, N. Evidence of early Middle Stone Age technology and long distance transport of obsidians by later middle Pleistocene hominins at the ~300 ka Sibilo School Road Site (GnJh-79), Kapthurin Formation, Kenya.

Wilkinson, K., D. Adler, S. Blockley, E. Frahm, D. Mark, C. Mallol, S. Nahapetyan, and B. Gasparyan. Paleolandscape context for Lower-Middle Paleolithic activity in the Hrazdan Valley, central Armenia.

Adler, D., K. Wilkinson, S. Blockley, D. Mark, E. Frahm, B. Schmidt-Magee, P. Glauberman, Y. Raczynski-Henk, O. Joris and B. Gasparyan. Early Levallois technology and the transition from the Lower to Middle Paleolithic in the southern Caucasus.

Hartman, G. and A. Brittingham. Was the Younger Dryas of the southern Levant dry, or just cold? Stable isotope evidence from gazelle teeth.