Anthropology

The Aztec Way of Empire

Six imperial rulers expanded the Mexica domain from 1430 until 1519, until the Spaniards first set foot in Tenochtitlan and disrupted the Aztec imperial agenda.

Frances F. Berdan
Frances F. Berdan
11 min read

Jennifer Raff’s ‘Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas’—A Review

Jennifer Raff’s Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas [https://www.amazon.com/Origin-Genetic-Americas-Jennifer-Raff/dp/1538749718/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=] was published with much fanfare in February, garnering a rave New York Times review [https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/08/books/review/A-Genetic-History-of-the-Americas-By-Jennifer-Raff.

Elizabeth Weiss
Elizabeth Weiss
13 min read

The Problem of Sex Discrimination in Indigenous Archaeology

In January, as reporters were celebrating [https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/07/arts/television/amy-schneider-jeopardy.html?smid=url-share] the first woman—and also the first transgender person—to win more than a million dollars on Jeopardy!, I was reading up on the discrimination still faced by biological women who

Elizabeth Weiss
Elizabeth Weiss
7 min read

Remembering Richard Leakey (1944–2022), the Last Victorian Scientist

Kenyan paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey died on January 2nd at age 77, following an extraordinary career devoted to the scientific exploration of human origins. Richard was once my boss. And although we never became friends, I came to know him fairly well. He died peacefully in his house overlooking Kenya’s

Geoffrey Clarfield
Geoffrey Clarfield
10 min read

The Society of Cultural Anthropology’s Campaign to Present American Populism as Fascism

Matthew Porter
Matthew Porter
8 min read

Why Is the Society for American Archaeology Promoting Indigenous Creationism?

Elizabeth Weiss and James W. Springer
Elizabeth Weiss and James W. Springer
15 min read

The Campaign to Thwart Paleogenetic Research Into North America's Indigenous Peoples

Bruce Bourque
Bruce Bourque
19 min read

The Dangerous Life of an Anthropologist

Matthew Blackwell
Matthew Blackwell
22 min read