American Anthropological Association Guidelines.

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AAA Style

2009 AAA Style GuideThe Publishing Department is pleased to announce the AAA Style Guide was revised in July 2009 and is now available for download below. This replaces the previous style guide, which was released in 2003.

AAA uses The Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition, 2003) and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition, 2006). This guide is an outline of style rules basic to our journal editing. Where no rule is present in this guide, follow Chicago. In Webster’s, use the first spelling if there is a choice and use American (rather than British) spellings. This guide does not apply to newsletters, which deviate frequently from these guidelines in the interest of space and tend to follow many Associated Press style rules.


Dr. Anna Bellisari’s Presentation of Research on Captive Gorillas

When: Wednesday, October 26th @ 4:00 p.m.

Where: Millet Hall 065 (Anthropology Lab)


The Anthropology Club is proud to sponsor Dr. Anna Bellisari, associate professor of Anthropology and Community Health at Wright State University on her presentation of research on Captive Gorillas.

Club Meeting for Fall Quarter 2011

Club Meeting Times for Fall Quarter 2011 will be monthly on the second Wednesday at 5:30p-6:30p in the Anthropology Lab (065 Millett Hall).

Neandertal genome published

Science magazine has published the Neandertal genome draft sequence, and the information is all-access: there’s no need to have a subscription or use the campus library proxy.

In the 7 May 2010 issue of Science, Green et al. report a draft sequence of the Neandertal genome composed of over 3 billion nucleotides from three individuals, and compare it with the genomes of five modern humans. A companion paper by Burbano et al. describes a method for sequencing target regions of Neandertal DNA. A News Focus , podcast segment, and special online presentation featuring video commentary, text, and a timeline of Neandertal-related discoveries provide additional context for their findings.

BBC photos: Sirpur temple complex in India

Via BBC News.  A couple of interesting captions caught my eye:

  • The ASI-led excavation and restoration work has brought prosperity to the residents of Sirpur. Villagers say the young men and women no longer have to travel to faraway places like Mumbai for work.
  • Anjali Nishad is helping dig what Mr Sharma describes as a 3rd Century BC marketplace. The work helps her sustain her three children, she says.

Archaeology as a jobs and development program. Interesting concept.

Oldest temple on Earth in Turkey?

Via GlobalPost:

SANLIURFA, Turkey — Each year, millions of tourists make the trek to see Egypt’s pyramids, and more than 800,000 crowd the monoliths of Stonehenge.

By contrast, the stone circles of Gobekli Tepe — set against the backdrop of the Anatolian plateau, which unfurls in solitary elegance — are visited by a mere scattering of curious locals and the occasional wandering archaeologist.


Dating back to the 10th millennium B.C., Gobekli Tepe is the great-granddaddy of pretty much everything that has come since. Built a stunning 7,000 years before the Great Pyramid, and 6,000 years before Stonehenge, German-born archaeologist Klaus Schmidt believes what he has uncovered is the world’s very first temple.

To begin to conceive of how old Gobekli Tepe really is, one had to think back on all of their most basic associations with early civilization — domesticated animals, farming, pottery, writing, the wheel — and realize that none of those things existed at the birth of the temple…

No evidence of cannibalism at Donner Party campsite

Via Appalachian State University News:

BOONE – Research conducted by Dr. Gwen Robbins, an assistant professor of biological anthropology at Appalachian State University, finds there is no evidence of cannibalism among the 84 members of the Donner Party who were trapped by a snowstorm in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the mid-1840s.

Remains from the Donner party’s Alder Creek campsite were excavated by a team of archaeologists from the University of Montana and the University of Oregon Museum. A sample of bones from the campsite hearth was analyzed by Robbins and Kelsey Gray, an Appalachian graduate. They will present the results of this project this week at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Albuquerque, N.M.

During the excavation of the Donner Party’s campsite, 16,000 burned, fragmented bones were found. Many of the bones also had butchery and boiling marks. Robbins, an osteologist who specializes in bone biology and microstructure, examined the bones with three questions in mind: Are there any human bones in the hearth, which would provide material evidence for cannibalism? What kinds of other animals are present in the assemblage of bone fragments? and, What did the starvation diet look like?

The Donner Party has long been infamous for reportedly resorting to cannibalism after becoming trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California for months during the winter of 1846-1847. The party, originally 84 men, women and children, became stranded after a series of bad decisions and misfortunes caused numerous delays on their westward migration route and left them attempting to cross the mountains into California just as the first snows were falling in early October 1846.


The legend of the Donner party was primarily created by print journalists, who embellished the tales based on their own Victorian macabre sensibilities and their desire to sell more newspapers. In all, 47 people lived to tell the tale: 11 men and 36 women and children. The survivors fiercely denied allegations of cannibalism and one man even filed a defamation suit immediately upon reaching Sutter’s Fort near Sacramento. Although the court ruled in his favor, he was forever known to local residents as Keseberg the Cannibal. The voices of the survivors of the Donner Party ordeal have long been overwhelmed by the spectacular imagery of a legend that swiftly took on a life of its own. Their descendants are still today affected by the stigma of this tale…