The Four Stone Hearth #28

Thank you for reading this edition of the Four Stone Hearth. As most of you are aware, the Four Stone Hearth (4SH) is a bi-weekly blog carnival dedicated to anthropology, welcoming post submissions on all aspects of anthropology. The name is taken from the “four” major fields in anthropology: archaeology, cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, and linguistics.

If you’re new to blogging, a carnival is an event much like a magazine in that it is usually a regular event that has a common theme and includes articles by many different authors. The difference being that this magazine has editors who take turns “hosting” the event and by publishing it on their own blog. That makes the host’s blog a hub to the articles. The benefit to the host and those that submit articles is increased web traffic and the opportunity to get your writing noticed by people who share their interests. If you would like to host an upcoming 4SH or if you’re interested in sending articles and posts please send an email to (hosting), or (article/post submission).

This week’s edition is below the fold, so please click the “Read More…” link and visit the authors of some of the best anthropology writing in the blogosphere!

-Carl Feagans

Cosmopolitan – Bringing Archaeology into Forensics

This is one of my favorite articles so far. Anatoly Venovcev, a 2nd year archaeology student in Canada, discusses an experiment directed by his professor in which archaeological technique is applied to forensic examination of a house fire, complete with pig carcasses! Everyone listed in the 4SH today wrote some good stuff, but I’m sorry, Anatoly wins this week’s Editor’s Choice Award. Did I mention he included pig carcasses?

Archaeozoology – Exploitation of Wild Mammals in South-west Ethiopia during the Holocene
Archaeozoo is the nom de blog of the author of this article, which is a very interesting read. The author compares and contrasts the biodiversity, particularly with regard to faunal populations of past and present-day Ethiopia and the Afar rift of Africa. Human activity truly can be inferred from examining faunal remains and this article reveals a few tidbits of information on how this is possible. – Nakalipithecus nakayamai, a Miocene Ape from Kenya
Kambiz discusses recent PNAS paper on the Nakalipithecus nakayamai, a Miocene Ape from Kenya, and goes into some detail regarding the dentition. Included in this article are photos of a mandible and upper canine of the Miocene ape. For any student of primate evolution or anyone interested in primate evolution, this article is a must.

Remote CentralProfessor Teuku Jacob – December 6, 1929 – October 17, 2007
Tim Jones highlights the career, achievements and, perhaps, the shortcomings of Professor Teuku Jacob, the most senior palaeoanthropologist in Indonesia who recently passed away. Jacob was recently criticized regarding the damage suffered to the Liang Bua 1 fossil set (Homo floresiensis, a.k.a. the hobbit), but, as Tim shares with us, Jacob was very influential and notable in paleoanthropology and Indonesia. Our condolences to the family and friends of Teuku Jacob.

Shared Symbolic StorageEvolutionary Metaphysics V
Michael writes that this is an article that should be of interest to anthropologists since it relates to the evolution of the human mind and language. It’s so rare that we get posts on linguistics that I dived right into this post almost as soon as it arrived in my inbox. I plan to read his other stuff as well, since linguistics is a field that I find fascinating.

Hot Cup of Joe – Rock Art Analysis
My own short post on rock art analysis. This was originally hosted at, but I think it got lost in the server change earlier this year, so I thought I might give it new life.

The posts above were submitted directly by the authors, and I thank them, as I’m sure you do. But this isn’t the limits of anthropological writing in the blogosphere. There are hundreds of blogs that deal with some form of anthropology or another, so I took the liberty of piecing together a list of articles available, most of them from authors we all know and love already, but, hopefully, there will be some new blogs you can add to your own personal list. If you’re like me, your feeds are out of control, but I try to read them all! For those blogs included below that normally contribute regularly to 4SH but didn’t get around to it, we understand! It’s the holidays… your busy! (Note, if I included anyone that would rather not be listed, please send me an email or leave a comment and I’ll remove your post. Maybe).

Thank you, Tim, for providing links to most of these!

The rest:

Aardvarchaeology РAnders Șderberg on Sigtuna Metalworking

A Very Remote Period Indeed – The modern Stone Age family Archaeology – New Dating Technique Tested at Lene Hara Cave

Afarensis – Dover Comes to PBS – The AAA decides to oppose HTS Anthropology and More on the AAA’s decision to oppose the HTS

Antiquarian’s Attic – Two Brothers

Bad Archaeology – Modern Ruins

BLDG Blog – Inside The Vault

Centauri Dreams – A Technological Civilization by Night

Dieneke’s Anthropology Blog – How humans became warlike altruists

Exploring Our Matrix – The Atheist Contribution to World Civilization

Greg Laden’s Blog – Modern Humans and Neanderthals: Did they “do it?”

Hominin Dental Anthropology – New Kenyan fossil at 10 Ma

John Hawks – An interview with Mica Glantz

NorthState Science – Exploring Our Matrix – And Why Intelligent Design Forced Me To Leave The Church

Old Dirt, New Thoughts – A Cold End to the Church Dig

Savage Minds – Family Affair, II: “traditional” families and child abuse

Writer’s Daily Grind – Cavemen, the TV show

Yann Klimentides – Recent revisions regarding how the genome works

Remote Central – 7,000-Year-Old Cave Paintings Found Near Chichen Itza

About Carl Feagans 401 Articles
Professional archaeologist that currently works for the United States Forest Service at the Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area in Kentucky and Tennessee. I'm also a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Army and spent another 10 years doing adventure programming with at-risk teens before earning my master's degree at the University of Texas at Arlington.


  1. I’m still loving this Four Stone Hearth concept. I never came to this blog before, but I’m impressed by your article on The Perceived Threat of Linguistic Diversity. Intelligently written. I’ve thought about this topic too and I think it largely comes down to some people assuming that cultural or linguistic change is automatically negative instead of recognizing it as the same, neverending process that’s shaped our current culture(s). Cultures are never destroyed by change; they’re the product of it. Cheers!

  2. This has been my first visit to this particular carnival, and I’ve been enjoying the links.

    But I have to ask about the photo at the top-right of the page. Who is that guy? From some S. American tribe, I’m guessing. Quite bizarre!

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