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Showing posts from April, 2013

Spears and eels: aquatic archaeological contexts in human evolution

Collective sighs are being heard throughout human origins communities right now at the resurgence of the 'Aquatic Ape Hypothesis', bobbing up in the mainstream media again, thanks to its buoyant, sinus-filled head: other wise known as a lot of hot air in advance of a conference on the subject. Brenna Hassett has already come up with a superb and very funny riposte to the renewed interest in the theory, and the fact it basically doesn't stand up at all when substantial evidence is asked of it. Her blogpost, suggesting that the kind of reasoning underlying the Aquatic Ape theory could just as well support one of Space Apes has also, with a little help from me and Tori Herridge, spawned a great hashtag (#spaceape) on Twitter. I want to add a little substance to the fun today, by writing about new research with watery contexts in human origins from a recent conference.

At the European Palaeolithic Conference held in February at the British Museum which I attended, two papers …

Bordeaux reconnaissance

33 degrees centigrade, perfect tiny cups of coffee, outrageous amounts of cheese and world-class architecture- oui, I'm back from another trip to my soon-to-be home city of Bordeaux!