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Computer models find ancient solutions to modern problems

WSU scientists use data from archaeological sites like the 1,200-year-old Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, N.M., to study how ancient peoples adapted to climate change in the American Southwest. (Photo by Nate Crabtree)

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University archaeologists are at the helm of new research using sophisticated computer technology to learn how past societies responded to climate change. » More …

Researcher: Turkeys a major part of ancestral Pueblo life

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By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Lipe-80PULLMAN, Wash. – While the popular notion of the American Thanksgiving is less than 400 years old, the turkey has been part of American lives for more than 2,000 years. But for much of that time, the bird was more revered than eaten. » More …

Oct. 6: How archaeology aids modern resilience, sustainability

By Beverly Makhani, Undergraduate Education

jeremy-sabloff-webPULLMAN, Wash. – Anthropologist Jeremy A. Sabloff will discuss how archaeology can make a difference in today’s world at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in Todd Hall 276 at Washington State University. » More …

Through Sept. 17: Faculty art explores geometric tradition

 

By Debby Stinson, Museum of Art

PULLMAN, Wash. – A retrospective of works by retired Washington State University faculty member Chris Watts will run Aug. 22-Sept. 17 at the Museum of Art/WSU. An opening reception at 6 p.m. and artist talk at 7 p.m. will be Thursday, Aug. 25, in the museum gallery. Admission is free. » More …

March 23: Reception, lecture by emeritus award winner

Robert-AckermanPULLMAN, Wash. – Robert Ackerman will receive the 2016 Washington State University Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Award and deliver the associated address, “Digging in Alaska and Beyond,” followed by a reception, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, in Todd 120. » More …

Study: Innate teaching skills ‘part of human nature’

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Hewlett-80VANCOUVER, Wash. – Some 40 years ago, Washington State University anthropologist Barry Hewlett noticed that when the Aka pygmies stopped to rest between hunts, parents would give their infants small axes, digging sticks and knives. » More …

Culture affects food aversions of pregnant women

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

pregnant-woman-detailPULLMAN, Wash. – A pregnant woman’s relationship with food isn’t only about what she wants. It’s also about what she doesn’t. » More …