September 3, 2014

Yet another paper for download

Filed under: Egypt, Online publications — acagle @ 7:08 pm

Burial practices of the Final Neolithic pastoralists at
Gebel Ramlah, Western Desert of Egypt
by Michał Kobusiewicz, Jacek Kabaciński, Romuald Schild, Joel D. Irish and Fred Wendorf (British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan 13 (2009): 147–74) PDF.

A veritable who’s who of late prehistoric Egyptian archaeology! I worked with Kubusiewicz at Kom el-Hisn in 1988, my first (well, and only) season there. Hilarious guy. I also met Wendorf back in the 1990s when I was briefly into predynastic lithics.

August 21, 2014

Free lithics!

Filed under: Online publications — acagle @ 8:12 am

Text anyway: Technology and Terminology of Knapped Stone

Classic text.

August 8, 2014

Free mummy research

Filed under: Mummies, Online publications — acagle @ 2:18 pm

From Papers on Anthropology:

Several papers, not just on Egyptian mummies. Be sure to check out Jasmine Day’s essay on the ethics of displaying mummies. I may have posted something related to that earlier.

July 29, 2014

And now for some Bucrania

Filed under: Egypt, Online publications — acagle @ 10:56 am


Should be able to read it for free.


Filed under: Online publications — acagle @ 10:50 am

American Journal of Archaeology, July issue, has several articles and book reviews available free and without registration.

July 18, 2014

Online articles

Filed under: Egypt, Online publications — acagle @ 8:56 am

The Birmingham Egyptology Journal. All seem to be accessible. . . .

June 1, 2014

Off for a few days

Filed under: Blogging update, Egypt, Online publications — acagle @ 3:17 pm

Not fun, work. FIeld work. In a faaabulous location, but work nonetheless. Probably won’t post at all this coming week, but maybe so.

As your homework assignment, read this PDF on ancient Egyptian quarries.

Also: Archaeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar Communication. Really!

April 9, 2014

Shhhhhhhh. . . . .

Filed under: Alcohol, Online publications — acagle @ 7:13 pm

Don’t tell.

November 16, 2013

The WAY back machine

Filed under: Online publications — acagle @ 7:46 pm

Earliest Stone-Tipped Projectiles from the Ethiopian Rift Date to >279,000 Years Ago

Projectile weapons (i.e. those delivered from a distance) enhanced prehistoric hunting efficiency by enabling higher impact delivery and hunting of a broader range of animals while reducing confrontations with dangerous prey species. Projectiles therefore provided a significant advantage over thrusting spears. Composite projectile technologies are considered indicative of complex behavior and pivotal to the successful spread of Homo sapiens. Direct evidence for such projectiles is thus far unknown from >80,000 years ago. Data from velocity-dependent microfracture features, diagnostic damage patterns, and artifact shape reported here indicate that pointed stone artifacts from Ethiopia were used as projectile weapons (in the form of hafted javelin tips) as early as >279,000 years ago. In combination with the existing archaeological, fossil and genetic evidence, these data isolate eastern Africa as a source of modern cultures and biology.

I just skimmed it a bit, but I’m not sure about this. What was stopping yer basic hominid from taking a regular old ‘thrusting’ spear and occasionally chucking it at a prey item from a short distance? I’m guessing most of the coming criticism will relate to whether the traits they represent as diagnostic are truly that.

September 5, 2013

Online journal

Filed under: Online publications — acagle @ 7:11 pm

Jennie Collinson from Maney Publishing sends along this link to the Environmental Archaeology journal. An email address, etc., and you can download. . .all content I believe until October 15.

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