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Archaeology of the 99%

The vast majority of people in antiquity were too poor to leave many artifacts behind. But archaeologists have learned how to look beyond the temples and palaces.

Kids in the middle

Recognizing the important role of children as cultural translators

Grim relics

Archaeology of the Nazi era is about digging for truth through science. Reinhard Bernbeck discusses the origins and ethics of this approach.

The power of brands, conscious and unconscious

Economists explore the complex forces that shape what ends up in your shopping cart and how that might change in the online marketplace 

What we talk about when we talk about food

From identity to national politics, gastronomical conversations can reflect who we are, and who we are not

Dangers of ecotourism: Up close and infectious

Travelers’ desire for intimate encounters with wildlife may threaten the animals they love

Unearthing secrets of human sacrifice

Archaeologists turn to other scientific fields to fill in the picture of how victims lived and why they died

Labor of love

Flipping the scientific thinking on our species’ “difficult childbirth”

The truth in baby teeth

Fossilized remains of children have a lot to tell us about their short lives