Prehistorical hunters at the east Tibet

Several members of the LAEF (Zhengwei Zhang, Ximena Lemoine, and Xinyi Liu) and our colleagues in China and US have recently published a research paper together in Quaternary International( The importance of localized hunting of diverse animals to early inhabitants of the Eastern Tibetan Plateau at the Neolithic site of Xiaoenda. Our paper presents the first detailed […]

Congratulations! Mana received H. Kathleen Cook Graduate Student Prize

Many congratulations!!! Mana Hayashi Tang has been named the 2019-2020 recipient of the H. Kathleen Cook award. This award is based on nominations from fellow grad students, and recognizes “excellence in scholarship, dedication to teaching, and commitment to building and sustaining the graduate student community in the Department of Anthropology and at Washington University in St. Louis.” Video […]

Recent archaeobotanical investigations on the Tibetan Plateau

This is a long due blog. December last year, several researchers from the LAEF lab group,  Petra Vaiglova, Melissa Ritchey, and Xinyi Liu, traveled to China to attend a symposium held at Xi’an city. This was before the pandemic outbreak, and the world was in a very different (brighter) place, as international travel for research was […]

Climate change in the Byzantine Negev Desert

In my new paper published in Nature: Scientific Reports, I collaborated with archaeologists and scientists from the University of Haifa, the Geological Survey of Israel, the Israeli Antiquities Authority and the University of Connecticut. We analyzed faunal material from three archaeological sites in the Negev Desert, which were recently excavated by Guy Bar-Oz and his team […]

Piyang Dongga site cluster travel notes in west Tibet

This year my trip to a burial site cluster in the west Tibet is unexpectedly interesting. Although it is not directly related to my doctorate research program, which is on the highland pastoralists of the central and southern Tibet, I still participated in the archaeology work there. I sorted those field notes out and wanted […]

Introduction to Roman Jerusalem trade economy project

The city of Jerusalem has a long history of political, religious, economic and social transformations. Over the last 3000 years, it was besieged, captured, destroyed and rebuilt several times, its population shrank and grew cyclically, and the shifting demographic called for a re-organization of the urban landscape. During the 3rd– 4thcenturies CE, the city witnessed […]

We are starting an R club!

R is a free open access programming tool that is used in Academia and industry to manage very large datasets, carry out statistical analyses and produce professional-looking figures. It’s highly flexible, meaning you can adjust anything you can dream of to your liking. It does require learning how to code, however.  If you:  1) Have […]

Congratulations on Ximena receiving Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence

Please join me in congratulating Ximena Lemoine for being selected to receive the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. An award ceremony and reception was held in the Women’s Building Formal Lounge yesterday (April 25). Ximena did an excellent job in teaching “Introduction to Archaeology” (U69 Anthro 190) and serving as Assistant in Instruction in a […]

What can bat poop tell us about past tropical landscapes?

Note: This blog post is republished with permission from Amigos (No. 91 May 2019), the newsletter of Las Cruces Biological Station and also appeared on the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Natural History of Ecological Restoration blog. Many people head to Costa Rica for spring break to see monkeys and sloths at Manuel Antonio National Park or to try their hand […]

Exploring early Central Tibetan Agro-pastoralist Lifeways through Animal Bones

With an average elevation of over 5000 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.), the Tibetan Plateau’s extreme climate poses specific challenges for human beings including hypoxia and the difficulty of attaining a reliable year-round food supply. Anthropological research has contributed significantly to our understanding of the development of high-altitude adaptations on the Tibetan Plateau, but archaeologists’ […]

Introduction to the PIA Valle de Sama Project

In 2018, I conducted field work in Southern Peru on the PIA Valle de Sama 2018 project directed by Dr. Sarah Baitzel. This was my first archaeological project as a graduate student at WashU. It was also my first time traveling to South America. I initially became interested in Andean archaeology after taking an Andean […]

Mapping food globalisation in prehistory

A new paper has recently been published in Quaternary Science Reviews on Feb 15 : From ecological opportunism to multi-cropping: Mapping food globalisation in prehistory. The article highlights the fact that many of today’s principal food crops are distributed worldwide, and while much of this “food globalisation” has resulted from modern trade networks, it has its roots in […]