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Loose women of the Amazon

November 14, 2010

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You really have to watch those metaphors: “Johnny has two daddies” may have been common in Amazonian cultures blares World Science, inadvertently implying that researchers are suggesting traditional Amazonian society was unusually gay-friendly. Sify News manages at least to keep the story heterosexual: Extramarital sexual affairs were common in Amazonian cultures is its take. Still, […]

Putting a Finger on Sexy Neanderthals

November 4, 2010

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Digit ratios sounds like something students in primary school have to learn. But according to research published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B (Biological Sciences), the proportions of the fingers of the hominin hand are tell tale signs of relative promiscuity, at least for Ardipithecus, early modern humans, and Neanderthals. “The fingers […]

“We gonna make bonobo love” (with apologies to The Bobs)

September 1, 2010

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OK, I admit it: I’m one of those old-fashioned anthropologists who had to learn about non-human primates. Back in the Dark Ages we were told that learning about our closest living relatives would give us some guidance in envisioning what humans would have been like without all the accumulated baggage of culture. Not that we […]

Ötzi and his kin

August 28, 2010

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Science News and Discovery both have publicized a new theory about Ötzi, the famous “iceman” found in the Alps, published in Antiquity. Instead of dying alone after fleeing the person who shot an arrow in his shoulder, researchers now suggest that the body was found downhill from its original burial site, on a formal stone […]

Egypt’s chief archaeologist: Tutankhamun “was actually well-developed”

July 1, 2010

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You have to think that Zahi Hawass will not want to be remembered for this quote, out of everything he has to say about Egyptian antiquities. But when the intersection between archaeology and sex becomes literally the intersection of archaeology and… sex, I am willing to bet that this is one thing Hawass says that […]

Are dead babies good evidence for a Roman brothel?

June 25, 2010

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That’s the question raised by a BBC story about analyses of materials from an almost century-old excavation at a Roman villa in the Thames Valley. The data: remains of 97 infants, all of whom died close to birth. The coincidence suggests deliberate killing of newborn babies. Archaeologist Dr Jill Eyers said: “The only explanation you […]

Sex Work on the Barbary Coast: Anatomy of a Final Group Project

May 17, 2010

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How do students develop an outstanding final group project? My example here is from spring 2008, research culminating in a video made by the students in the section as they walked through San Francisco’s Barbary Coast, locating buildings that served as brothels and streets that were once centers of sex work. San Francisco’s Historical Society […]

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