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U of A Anthropologists Study the Short, Hard Lives of Amarna’s Ancient People

Founded more than 3,000 years ago by the “heretic” Pharaoh Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti, Amarna – officially Tell el-Amarna – is now considered one of the most accessible sites for studying urbanism, architecture and everyday life in pharaonic Egypt. And nearly every year since 2005, professor of anthropology Jerry Rose and his students have been traveling there to study the people who lived and died in this unique ancient city. This summer, Rose and two of his doctoral students, Erika Morey and Cheyenne Lewis (both Middle East Studies and Doctoral Academy Fellows), are studying the remains from the south...

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Study on oral health of the Hadza, the last hunter-gatherers in Africa, challenges long-held conventional wisdom about diet and oral health.

Findings from the first comprehensive study on the oral health of a population in transition from a foraging, wild-food diet to an agriculture-based diet indicate that oral health is affected not just by diet, but also by gender and behavior differences between men and women. Peter Ungar, Distinguished Professor of anthropology at the University of Arkansas, and Alyssa Crittenden, Lincy Assistant Professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, worked with New York dentist, John Sorrentino, on the research published today in the journal PloS One. “The transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture is routinely associated...

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U of A Anthropologist Part of Team That Identified New Human Ancestor

Lucas Delezene is part of a team of scientists who verified the newly discovered Homo naledi hominid as a new species of human ancestor. FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A University of Arkansas biological anthropologist is part of the international team of scientists who verified that fossils found in a South African cave belong to a new species of human ancestor. The National Geographic Society and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, announced the discovery of the new species — Homo naledi – on Thursday, Sept. 10. The U of A has a partnership with Wits University and researchers...

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Discovering the Past through Fossils in Kanapoi

Peter Ungar, Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology, reports from Kenya below. He and Luke Delezene, assistant professor of anthropology, are part of an international team working to identify fossils from Kanapoi with Mike Plavcan, professor of anthropology and co-director of excavations at the site. Plavcan, co-director of the West Turkana Paleo Project, is the primary investigator on the National Science Foundation grant funding the research at Kanapoi in the West Turkana region of Kenya with Fredrick Kyalo Manthi of the Kenya National Museums. This is Plavcan’s fourth expedition to the site and has been co-director of...

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Students in the Field

Students in Peter Ungar and Steven Beaupre’s study abroad class, Tanzania: Ecology, Evolution & Peoples of East Africa take time in Zanzibar to talk about lessons learned in the field. #HogsAbroad Q: What did this experience teach you? Mark Howard:  This program has not only been an incredible ecological experience by being able to see the different national parks and the wildlife within, but it has also been a life-changing cultural experience. Being able to dig to our cultural roots with the hunter and gatherer Hadzabe people gives a sense of “home” to Tanzania. I have also become aware of...

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