Around the Web Digest: Week of May 31

It’s unofficially archaeology week here at the headquarters of the Around the Web Digest… Send me anything I need to feature on here at

Past Horizons: Adventures in Archaeology features this attractive post about the excavation of a drover’s track and inn from the 18th-19th centuries: Ancient Routeway Revealed in Argyll

The crew at DigVentures obviously loves and hates clickbait as much as I do… Check out these 7 Medieval Medicines Dug Up By Archaeologists – the third one will change the way you see medieval medicine forever!

As The Guardian tells it, researchers opened the lead-lined, hermetically sealed casket of 17th century aristocrat Louise de Quengo and had 72 hours in which to investigate her body before the elements began destroying it: Fully Dressed and Preserved 350 Year-Old Corpse of French Noblewoman Found

Ethnographica presents images of artifacts along with some ethnographic context for interpreting them, and you should check it out. I particularly liked this one:  Yukagir Spirit Figure – Siberia, Russia

According to New Scientist, primatologists have noted gelada baboons that seem to be deliberately associating with wolves in a way that may parallel early human patterns of domestication. Of course, they haven’t identified a clear benefit to the baboons, so it may be too soon to start singing Best of FriendsMonkeys’ Cosy Alliance with Wolves Looks Like Domestication

I know this column is supposed to highlight the online activities of anthropologists, but Dissent Magazine’s long-form post on exoticized tourist postcard images of women is too good to miss: Postcards from Empire

Chris Blattman takes aim (warily) at IRB mission creep in The Misregulation of Human Subject Research 

The Geek Anthropologist continues its series Anthropology Blogging 101 with my predecessor’s blog, Anthropology Attacks!

In The Environment’s Environment: Are There Limits to the Anthropocene? the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC) asks, “How far into space does the Anthropocene extend?”

Aidnography asks, Is Banning PowerPoint the Best We Can Do For Digital, Inclusive Education? The answer, interestingly, is actually “no,” but not because prefabricated lectures are necessarily the way to go…

This is an older post, but I just came across the blog Anthropology While White. It reviews the recent movie, which I enjoyed and found somewhat flawed: Dear White People: Where Can I Leave My Racial Baggage?

See you next week!

Rebecca Nelson

Rebecca Nelson is the executive director of América Solidaria U.S. She recently graduated with a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on volunteer tourism in Guatemala and how it is opening up new avenues for tourists and hosts to develop more cosmopolitan understandings of the world (as well as opening up new forms of friction over the circulation of knowledge).