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Ben Marwick, Associate Professor with UW Department of Anthropology weighs in on the new find and the study that produced it. Featured on Los Angeles Times 
Sex and Death on the Western Emigrant Trail: The Biology of Three American Tragedies
University of Utah Press annoucement for a new book by Prof. Donald K. Grayson: "During the winter of 1846–1847, members of the Donner Party found themselves stuck in the snows of the Sierra Nevada on their journey to California, losing many in their group to severe cold and starvation. Those who survived did so by cannibalizing their dead comrades. Today the Donner Party may be the most famous of American overland emigrant groups, but it was not the only one to face extreme conditions. Ten... Read more
Book cover of Experimental Beijing, by Sasha Su-Ling Welland
Duke press annoucement for a new book by Prof. Sasha Su-Ling Welland: "During the lead-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the censorious attitude that characterized China's post-1989 official response to contemporary art gave way to a new market-driven, culture industry valuation of art. Experimental artists who once struggled against state regulation of artistic expression found themselves being courted to advance China's international image. In Experimental Beijing Sasha Su-Ling... Read more
Dan Eisenberg, associate professor at the University of Washington Department of Anthropology, weighs in on the experimental design of this study. Featured on The Scientist 
Holly Barker, a UW anthropology lecturer and advocate for Marshallese rights weighs in on new bill. Featured on International Examiner 
A Canadian scientist and amateur hunter has recreated the arrowheads used 8,000 years ago: narrow bone heads, composite bone and obsidian heads and pear-shaped flaked stone points JANICE WOOD/UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Janice Wood and Ben Fitzhugh's recent article in new Archaeological Science, showing how they reconstructed prehistoric projectiles and points from ancient sites in Alaska, has some buzz in the UK. Read about the reserach in the Times of London
University of Washington researchers re-created ancient projectile points to test their effectiveness. From left to right: stone, microblade and bone tips.Janice Wood
UW archeologists have re-created the weapons used by hunter-gatherers in the post-Ice Age Arctic some 14,000 years ago. Featured on UW News 
UW professor Holly Barker on the lasting health impacts of mid-20th century U.S. nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands. Featured on The Islander 
When and how the first humans made their way to Australia has been an evolving story. While it is accepted that humans appeared in Africa some 200,000 years ago, their arrival in Australia has been less clear. Scientists in recent years have placed the approximate date of human settlement in Australia further and further back in time, as part of ongoing questions about the timing, the routes, and the means of migration out of Africa. Ben Marwick (top) and others excavating the lowest reaches of... Read more
"Mistreated: The Political Consequences of the Fight against AIDS in Lesotho" Book Cover
Author: Nora Kenworthy A critical ethnography of global health initiatives, showing how, even as they save lives, they can usher in new forms of disenfranchisement for citizens in African states. As global health institutions and aid donors expanded HIV treatment throughout Africa, they rapidly "scaled up" programs, projects, and organizations meant to address HIV and AIDS. Yet these efforts did not simply have biological effects: in addition to extending lives and preventing further... Read more