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  • Research on use of cacao among ancient Maya breaks new ground
    Research on use of cacao among ancient Maya breaks new ground
    Among ancient Mayas, cacao was not a food exclusive to the elite, but was important — and common — to all
  • A view of a dry, narrow valley in the Nasca highlands
    Climate, population dynamics drove warfare in Prehispanic Andes, study finds
  • Study reveals development of livestock-guarding dogs in Adriatic region
  • Analysis finds Tongva people of Catalina Island hunted sea lions over 1,000 years ago and likely transported meat by plank canoes
  • Chumash shell beads
    Archaeologist argues the Chumash Indians were using highly worked shell beads as currency 2,000 years ago
  • Archaeologists examine the enduring human costs of epidemics and what we might learn from COVID
  • El Pilar, Narciso Torres, Anabel Ford
    Archaeologist Anabel Ford receives NSF grant to cover comprehensive work at Maya site El Pilar in Belize
  • Maize, Maya, Douglas Kennett
    UCSB researcher’s work reveals maize became a key food source in Central America 4,700 years ago
  • UC Santa Barbara students who participated in an excavation at La Purisima Mission turn findings into data
  • Anthropologist participates in a groundbreaking effort to determine when the Anthropocene era began
  • Abalone, unit, dig
    Excavation at La Purisima Mission unearths Chumash artifacts, provides field experience to aspiring archaeologists
  • New papers assess state of mentorship, harassment, opportunity in California archaeology community
  • Two UCSB anthropology graduate students publish papers in the prestigious journal American Antiquity
  • Stuart Tyson Smith, Tombos, horse
    Archaeologist co-authors a paper detailing the discovery of a horse buried in Sudan nearly 3,000 years ago
  • Symposium will examine the prevalence — or lack thereof — of women in academic and private archaeology
  • Stuart Tyson Smith
    A paper co-authored by a UCSB anthropologist details how excavations in Sudan reveal the transformation of Egyptian and Nubian culture
  • Golden Hind
    UCSB anthropologist Lynn Gamble’s new book reveals the historic and cultural depth of the ‘First Coastal Californians’
  • Dana Bardolph’s research shows a great disparity between the number of papers published by male and female authors, respectively
  • Anthony Barbieri-Low always wanted to be an Egyptologist, and now, with a $238,700 New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W.

  • UC Santa Barbara professor of anthropology Lynn Gamble and her students were recently presented with a rare opportunity: Excavate a Chumash Indian site that might be the location of the original Santa Barbara.

  • By presenting a new interpretation of a Maya hieroglyphic verb, Gerardo Aldana, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UC Santa Barbara, has revised the understanding of one of the longest-studied texts in Maya archaeology.

  • Dignitaries from Belize will travel to Santa Barbara later this month to join UC Santa Barbara in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support a collaborative research program at the ancient Maya city of El Pilar and to launch a...

  • Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), UC Santa Barbara graduate student Amy Gusick is searching underwater landscapes in Mexico this week, hoping to find evidence of ancient habitations.

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