When Heritage Turns to Rubble

In late March a coalition of wealthy states, led by Saudi Arabia, began constantly bombing Yemen.  The stated rationale for this air war and naval blockade has been to reinstate former interim president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in power after he was forced out by a rebellion in the north.  The primary target of the campaign […]

It’s Not About Sects

As I write this, a coalition of 10 Middle Eastern countries, led by Saudi Arabia, is bombing and blockading Yemen, the poorest country on the Arabian Peninsula and one of the least developed in the world.  Saudi Arabia and its GCC partners are among the wealthiest nations on earth.  In economic terms, Saudi Arabia has […]

Religion is not Archaeology

Unless you are hibernating without a cellphone or internet in Siberia, you have heard a lot about ISIS, a.k.a. the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and its “IS”-related acronyms, in the news for the past year, even on Anthropology News.  People who thought the caliphate was something created for the Disney movie Aladdin have […]

Why I don’t dig “Dig”

If you watched the Super Bowl, you may have noticed one for an upcoming dramatic series on the USA channel.  It is called “Dig,” with about as much positive publicity for archaeology as the Indiana Jones series.  The plot is typical Hollywood explosions-murder-mystery-sex, with a little bit of The Exorcist and a lot of the […]