Leigh-Ann Bedal, associate professor of anthropology at Penn State Behrend, will speak on Sept. 26 at Penn State Greater Allegheny. Bedal will discuss her work at Petra in Jordan, as part of Teaching International's focus on the Mediterranean in 2016-17.
Carbon 14 dating of scarlet macaw remains indicates that interaction between Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, and Mesoamerica began more than 100 years earlier than previously thought, according to a team of archaeologists.
Charles E. Jones, the Tombros Librarian for Classics and Humanities in the University Libraries at Penn State, has received the 2015 Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology Award from the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).
Plaster handprints from kindergarten, handprint turkeys, handprints outside Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood -- are all part of modern life, but ancient people also left their handprints on rocks and cave walls. Now, a Penn State anthropologist can determine the sex of some of the people who left their prints, and the majority of them were women.
Kirk French will present "American Treasures: Archaeology Meets 'Reality' TV" at Penn State's second Research Unplugged event of the fall semester on Oct. 17 at 12:30 p.m. in Schlow Centre Region Library, downtown State College.
Researchers have discovered the cranium of a fossil ape from Shuitangba, a Miocene site in Yunnan Province, China. The juvenile cranium of the fossil ape Lufengpithecus is significant, according to the research team, which includes Nina Jablonski, distinguished professor of anthropology at Penn State.
A cooking feature, copper charm and British gun flint were among the discoveries students made this summer at Fort Shirley in Huntingdon County during Penn State’s Archaeological Field School, which prepares students for graduate-school levels of technical knowledge and skills needed to operate at an archeological site.
The Maya are famous for their complex, intertwined calendric systems, and now one calendar, the Maya Long Count, is empirically calibrated to the modern European calendar, according to an international team of researchers.
The role of climate change in the development and demise of classic Maya civilization, ranging from AD 300 to 1000, has been controversial for decades because of a lack of well-dated climate and archaeological evidence. But an international team of archaeologists and earth science researchers has compiled a precisely dated, high-resolution climate record of 2,000 years that shows how Maya political systems developed and disintegrated in response to climate change.
Kirk French and Chris Duffy explain French's discovery of the earliest known water pressure system in the New World, located in Palenque, Mexico. Take a video tour of one of the most beautiful Mayas sites, and see in action an example of how Penn State offers researchers the opportunity to collaborate across multiple
Anthropology students at Penn State get rare hands-on experience at a 19th-century dig site -- unearthing the past while learning how to document and preserve their findings. Watch Penn State anthropology students at work by viewing the video at http://live.psu.edu/video/572 online.
William T. Sanders, the late Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Archaeological Anthropology at Penn State University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, was one of the first archaeologists to attempt to make the discipline of archaeology a true science through the development of theories and the formation of testable hypotheses about culture. His approach, known as cultural ecology, considered the biology of an area, subsistence patterns of the human population, demography, technological innovation and social organization as an interacting whole. He died July 2, 2008, in State College, Pa., of complications from a fall.
Married co-authors Alan Walker and Pat Shipman write in their new book The Ape in the Tree that humans are separated by "at least one million generations" from a creature known as Proconsul, which evolved in Africa during the Miocene era between 21 and 14 million years ago. Proconsul was a 20-pound primate that lived in trees and ate fruits. We know it from a wealth of fossils found at several sites, including ones on Rusinga and Mfangano Islands in Lake Victoria, Kenya, where Walker led a series of archaeological expeditions during the 1980s.