#Anthropology roundup: “The TikTok controversy over collecting human bones…

Will Bog Archaeology Fade Away?

Archaeologists excavate a bog in Hatfield Moors, England, to uncover Late Stone Age structures. Henry Chapman

In the southernmost tip of Sweden, just over an hour from neighboring Denmark, is the ancient peat bog of Ageröd. For nearly a century, this waterlogged landscape has been revealing its secrets to archaeologists, including glimpses into the lives of the area’s inhabitants some 8,000 years ago.

Two shelving units with multiple levels are packed with an assortment of objects. More objects are on the ground below two paintings hung on the back wall.

 

It is often hard to part with the objects left behind by loved ones—even everyday things. Ashton/Flickr

I have been told many stories by people who found it hard to let go of the everyday objects left behind by their loved ones after death. A woman whose mother had, just before she died, bought a large tub of malted milk drink powder called Horlicks, confided, “I could not throw this away. It was in the cupboard for five years! And it was solid. But because she’d bought it, it became like an artifact.” Similarly, another woman kept her grandfather’s “dreadful misshapen shoes,” saying, “I think you have to hold onto things until it’s time to release them.”


The TikTok controversy over collecting human bones, explained

The TikTok controversy over collecting human bones, explained


 

Animating Stories of Global Migration

Three colorful figures made of paper hold colored pencils and stand around a black book called “The Story of Migration.” A drafting table covered in scraps of paper fills the background.

 

Who gets to tell the story of human migration around the globe? And what kind of story is it?

The Story of Migration, an animated short illustrated by Karrie Fransman, dives into these questions by exploring the complicated connections between migration, development, and global inequalities. Produced by PositiveNegatives and MIDEQ (Migration for Development and Equality) Hub, the colorful animation draws on ethnographic and other evidence-based research from partners across 11 countries. It confronts common misconceptions about migration and centers the perspectives of those who live and work in the Global South who are often left out of popular media representations.


Machu Picchu is older than previously thought

Machu Picchu is older than previously thought  CNN

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