I teach what I don’t know

I structure my courses around what I don’t know. Since we know so little about the past, archaeology is well suited to that approach, but I imagine other disciplines are, too. I start a course by asking one of the great unanswered questions of the discipline: is cultural innovation like random mutation? Were there people…

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The Solutrean hypothesis part 2: Archaeology is political, archaeologists are not politicians

Predictably, the third section of my recent post on the Nature of Things’ Ice Bridge documentary, which dealt with the political and ethical aspects of the controversy, generated the most discussion, whether on social media, by email, or in person. Here are few more thoughts and clarifications that emerge from those exchanges. Yes, archaeology is…