• A Genomic Analysis of the Plague of Justinian

    A Genomic Analysis of the Plague of Justinian

    Hendrik Poinar

    Yersinia pestis is responsible for at least three devastating human pandemics, but little is known about the first pandemic, the Plague of Justinian. DNA from individuals who died during the first plague indicates that a Y pestis lineage (extinct...

  • Making Humanitarian Action Possible

    Making Humanitarian Action Possible

    Andrew Gilbert

    Delivering humanitarian aid in postwar societies can be difficult in the face of political pressures and great demand for limited resources. In order for aid to be effective, the criteria for what constitutes legitimate humanitarian action must be...

  • A Conversation With the Past Through Modern Mummification

    A Conversation With the Past Through Modern Mummification

    Andrew Wade

    Until recently modern mummification using traditional techniques had not been performed. A modern mummy, however, offers a unique and valuable connection between modern research and the ancient world.

  • Early Humans in the Aegean Basin

    Early Humans in the Aegean Basin

    Tristan Carter

    This McMaster project is helping to rewrite the migration routes early humans took to reach Europe, with archaeologists’ discoveries at the site of Stélida on the Cycladic island of Naxos (southern Greece) suggesting that our early ancestors were in...

  • Fight Childhood Obesity with Government-Funded School Meal Programs

    Fight Childhood Obesity with Government-Funded School Meal Programs

    Christina Moffat

    School meal programs that provide every child with a lunch may be an appropriate long-term strategy to tackle the rising rate of childhood obesity. These government-funded programs do this by addressing household food insecurity and promoting food...

  • Staging history for Thailand’s far south: fantasy for a supposedly pliant Muslim community

    Staging history for Thailand’s far south: fantasy for a supposedly pliant Muslim community

    Kee Howe Yong

    By developing an “official” history of its land, the Thailand's government tries to ignore internal problems in its Muslim-dominant far south provinces. Moreover, the absence of any serious attempt to interpret the resurgence of violence and to...

  • A Comparison of Craft Learning in the Lake Titicaca Basin

    A Comparison of Craft Learning in the Lake Titicaca Basin

    Andrew Roddick

    The ceramic making practices contribute to and reflect political and economic processes. In addition, these practices around the Southern Lake Titicaca Basin were not confined but spread to other regions through various sociopolitical means.

  • Why Have Infants Been Buried this Way?

    Why Have Infants Been Buried this Way?

    Aubrey Cannon

    Archaeological records show that when infants die, their burial is often absent, simple, or segregated from burial grounds of others in their community. This trend, along with exceptions, is best explained by a view based on psychology-based...

  • A Look at Bones of War

    A Look at Bones of War

    Megan Brickley

    Knowing the age-at-death of individuals who died in the past is critical for our understanding of past events and living conditions. Techniques such as Transition Analysis of the auricular surface and examination of epiphyseal development and fusion...