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Company's test for Beothuk DNA called bogus by geneticists

CBC News recently interviewed the Anthropology Department's Ana Duggan, a geneticist at McMaster University's Ancient DNA Centre in Hamilton about the likelihood of verifying Beothuk DNA.
Jan 27, 2017

Monks had their flesh ripped off before burial

Department of Anthropology recently defended PhD Robert Stark, findings from 1,000-year-old monastery in Sudan reveals the grisly ritual
Jan 23, 2017

Ancient female skeleton from Troy yields oldest known form of maternal infection

Researchers at McMaster’s Ancient DNA Centre and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have sequenced the complete genomes of two forms of bacteria found in tissue samples dating back to the 13th century. They were collected from a woman, thought to have been about 30-years-old and likely pregnant when she died.
Jan 11, 2017

Neanderthals in a boat? Not such a far-fetched notion after all

Department of Anthropology research bolsters theory that our primitive cousins were more sophisticated than previously thought.
Jan 01, 2017

SNAP in The Toronto Star

Neanderthals in a boat? Not such a far-fetched notion after all – McMaster University research bolsters theory that our primitive cousins were more sophisticated than previously thought.
Dec 27, 2016

2,000-year-old human remains confirm presence of malaria during the Roman Empire

McMaster Anthropology researchers, Hendrik Poinar and Tracy Prowse help uncover evidence of malaria in Italy during height of Roman Empire.
Dec 05, 2016

Anthropology Student Recognized for extraordinary community service by Ontario University Athletics

Meet Gabriel Ghiglione, a young men who cares "a whole awful lot."
Nov 18, 2016

Teaching the Archaeology of Death

Halloween is the one time of the year when people dress up as their favourite superhero, meme, pun, or living dead character. In Anthropology 3DD3, Archaeology of Death, Dr. Aubrey Cannon discusses the imagery of death and how people can be horrified by things like the skull and crossbones as a design element to evoke fear.
Oct 31, 2016

Anthropologist welcomes zombies in the classroom

“The Anthropology of Zombies and the ‘Undead,’” a fourth-year course that explores the cultural fascination with the beings that occupy the space between life and death.
Oct 30, 2016

The Stélida Naxos Archaeological Project – 2016 Season

A recap and summary of our work done in our second summer excavation season at Naxos, Greece.
Sep 02, 2016

Day of Archaeology 2016

The Sustainable Archaeology lab has submitted a piece detailing 135 years in the life of Ontario Archaeology to the Day of Archaeology community. Take a time trip beginning with the early formal archaeology and its avocational or ‘collector’ foundations and parallels in the Province
Jul 29, 2016

Ancient DNA Research

McMaster Anthropology graduate students Matthew Emery and Katherine Eaton on Global News talking about DNA
May 26, 2016

Digging for Treasure in Sudan: An Unforgettable Experience

New Op Ed piece by PhD candidate, Matt Emery, in today's Hamilton Spectator
Mar 30, 2016

Team of experts to investigate death of Nobel winner Pablo Neruda

An international team of genomics experts and forensic investigators will conduct a scientific and historical analysis of the remains of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, the Nobel Prize winner who mysteriously died in 1973, just days after the bloody coup by General Augusto Pinochet.
Feb 24, 2016

Scientists map genome of giant, shelled mammal known as the 'glyptodont'

Scientists have sequenced the entire mitochondrial genome of the ancient glyptodont, a giant, strange mammal and ancestor of the modern-day armadillo, which first appeared approximately 4 million years ago, roaming the Earth until its extinction during the Ice Age.
Feb 22, 2016

McMaster helps Science Centre dive deep into the Ice Age

McMaster’s Hendrik Poinar has helped the Ontario Science Centre open a new exhibition on the woolly mammoth.
Feb 17, 2016

New course sends students to Morocco to learn about health care

Ellen Amster was profoundly impacted by her fifteen years in Morocco...
Jan 26, 2016

Descendants of Black Death confirmed as source of repeated European plague outbreaks

An international team of researchers has uncovered new information about the Black Death in Europe and its descendants, suggesting it persisted on the continent over four centuries, re-emerging to kill hundreds of thousands in Europe in separate, devastating waves.
Jan 15, 2016

Artifact Imaging - Z-Stacking A Scraper

Part of our work at SA McMaster is to explore artifact material and manufacture technique using our Zeiss AxioZoom high resolution microscope. Occasionally we will be posting photographs to highlight a range of artifacts and the imaging techniques we use to capture them in detail.
Aug 04, 2015

Out of the classroom and into the friary

Second year Anthropology student Savannah Sewell has spent part of her summer getting her hands dirty.
Jul 30, 2015

Mystery Box #1: the Hicks Site

As we mentioned in our first post, the Sustainable Archaeology McMaster team spends a lot of time trying to sort out the provenience and excavation details of the collections in our care. To try and help solve these mysteries, we’ll be posting about some of the more bemusing cases from time to time, asking readers to contribute any information you might have that would give us some insight into the biographies of these collections.
Jun 08, 2015