Moralizing Gods Redux

In 2019, Whitehouse et al. ignited a relative firestorm of controversy around the Big Gods Hypothesis of social complexification. The Big Gods Hypothesis holds that belief in moralizing big gods allowed, or perhaps even drove the significant increases in the scale and complexity of human societies that we see in many places throughout the past…

Hopewell airburst event news : Tankersley et al. retreat from comet to asteroid hypothesis

Coming at it from an astrophysical rather than an archaeological perspective, Neuhäuser and Neuhäuser (2022) published a brief but effective critique of Tankersley et al.’s (2022a) paper on the possible destruction of the archaeological Hopewell Culture by a comet airburst about 1600 years ago. Tankersley et al.’s (2022b) have a response, both in Nature Scientific…