Things I Learned From Skimming Through Three Years of American Antiquity

For my new job, I had to scan through the 2011-2013 issues of American Antiquity, an archaeological journal, for site numbers. However, I gained a few additional insights. For example:

  • Looting of archaeological sites is apparently a big problem. The article “Looting of the Fort Craig Cemetery: Damage Done and Lessons Learned,” by Jeffery R. Hanson details the story of one man aliased Gravedigger who took material relics and human remains from the site of a Civil War battlefield called Fort Craig. The extent of his crimes were not learned until after his death, and at least one archaeologist and two historians knew about his activities but did not tell authorities.
  • National Geographic illustrations of prehistoric life aren’t entirely accurate and are in fact colored by contemporary gender roles and norms. In “Picturing the Past: Gender in National Geographic Reconstructions of Prehistoric Life,” Julie Solometo and Joshua Moss discuss not only this but the fact that these illustrations have not been affected by more feminist perspectives on prehistoric humans, despite these viewpoints becoming more prominent in archaeology starting in the 1980’s.
  • Zotero is a freaking amazing tool and I wish I had been using it earlier, especially when I was downloading all of those articles about singing synths. I love having all of my research together in one place!

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