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University Category: Anthropology

Ancient blanket made with 11,500 turkey feathers

New WSU research sheds light on the production of an 800-year-old turkey feather blanket and explores the economic and cultural aspects of raising turkeys to supply feathers in the ancient Southwest.

WSU researchers extract nicotine from ancient dental plaque for the first time

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts and Sciences PULLMAN, Wash. – A team of scientists including researchers from Washington State University has shown for the first time that nicotine residue can be extracted from plaque, also known as “dental calculus”, on the teeth of ancient tobacco users.