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IWGP 2016: A Quick Recap

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The 17th Conference of the International Working Group for Palaeoethnobotany (IWGP) took place in Paris from July 4th-9th 2016. Attending this conference has been on my academic to-do list for years. Why the delay?
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anthraco2015: A Few Thoughts

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This past summer the 6th International Anthracology Meeting (anthraco2015) was held in Freiburg, Germany.  The meeting was jointly organized by the Department of Geobotany, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg, and the Tree-ring Lab of Baden-Wuerttemburg State Office for Cultural Heritage. This meeting is held every four years (or so) and I was excited that the location and timing allowed...

Wood Anatomy and Archaeological Charcoal Identification Workshop at Boston University

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In August 2015, I flew back to Boston to participate in a week-long wood anatomy and archaeological charcoal identification workshop at Boston University. The course was generously put on by Dr. John (Mac) Marston and Boston University’s Environmental Archaeology Lab (EAL). This post will tell you how I found out about the archaeological charcoal workshop (and how you can too in the...

An Inside Look into Studying Aksumite Archaeology in Ethiopia

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Since 2012, I have worked with the Southern Red Sea Archaeological Histories (SRSAH pronounced sir-sah) Project (PI: Dr. Michael Harrower, John Hopkins University) to investigate the Aksumite archaeology in Ethiopia. This post will detail a brief overview of the Aksumites, how we locate activities of the Empire in the archaeological record, and some insights into why I keep returning to Ethiopia...

Smiti Nathan

I’m an archaeologist that travels around the world for both work and pleasure. I have a penchant for exploring ancient and modern places and the people, plants, and foods entangled in them. I write about archaeology, travel, and productivity.

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