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Rock Doc: An ancient American woman buried by the sea
July 8, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences 

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – I need a cap on my front tooth redone – it has a significant chip. Luckily I live at a time when dentists are in every city and town, plying their trade in ways that can help us each day.

Ancient baby boom holds a lesson in over-population
June 30, 2014

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Koehler-80PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University researchers have sketched out one of the greatest baby booms in North American history, a centuries-long “growth blip” among southwestern Native Americans between 500 and 1300 A.D.

Anthropologist discovers clues to first Americans
May 15, 2014

Kemp-150PULLMAN, Wash. – For more than a decade, Washington State University molecular anthropologist Brian Kemp has teased out the ancient DNA of goose and salmon bones from Alaska, human remains from North and South America and human coprolites—ancient poop—from Oregon and the American Southwest.

WSU welcomes history students for research exploration
February 12, 2014

By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries

PULLMAN, Wash. – From sewing a miniature book binding to watching a demonstration of shaping a stone tool, nearly 200 eighth-graders from Lincoln Middle School recently took a whirlwind tour of library sciences and anthropological research at Washington State University to prepare for their final history project this spring.

Saving babies: WSU leads study of health, lactation
January 30, 2014

By Joanna Steward, College of Arts and Sciences

McGuire,-left,-and-Meehan-160PULLMAN, Wash. – Working with colleagues from 12 institutions around the globe, two Washington State University researchers are leading the first comprehensive international study of human lactation and milk composition.

Promising approach to ancient mystery gains global acclaim
December 4, 2013

By Adrian Aumen, College of Arts and Sciences

Kohler-by-Roger-Cozien-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Whatever caused tens of thousands of Pueblo farmers to suddenly leave their ancient homeland in southwestern Colorado in the late AD 1200s is one of the great mysteries in archaeology. Discoveries could aid understanding of contemporary societies.

Students gain insights into tribal resource management
November 1, 2013

By J. Adriana Aumen, College of Arts and Sciences

colvilletribes-history-logo-200PULLMAN, Wash. – American Indian tribes are changing the way cultural resources are addressed. A first-of-its-kind workshop recently illuminated some unique aspects for Washington State University students and faculty.

Dale Chihuly blankets on display at Museum of Art
September 15, 2008

PULLMAN – The Museum of Art at WSU will exhibit “Wrapped in Tradition: The Chihuly Collection of Native American Trade Blankets,” Oct. 3 – Dec. 19.


“Wrapped in Tradition” includes 80 vintage Native American trade blankets from the personal collection of the master of glass, Dale Chihuly. Also on view will be numerous pieces of original art from Chihuly’s Blanket Cylinder series, which vividly invokes the blankets’ unique texture, patterns and colors. A third component of the exhibition showcases vintage examples of Native American baskets from WSU’s Museum of Anthropology. The resulting display conveys a rich cross-cultural dialogue between an innovative contemporary artist, commercial … » More …

WSU Vancouver showcases research and art
April 12, 2007

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Some of Washington State University Vancouver’s top research and art projects from the past year will be on display for the public 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., April 19 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 20 in the fourth annual Research Showcase. Five oral presentations, 33 posters, one 3-D display, four films, two art displays and one performance demonstration will cover diverse topics such as: – “From Beaners to Wetbacks to Terrorists: Mexican Immigration, Imagery Legislation, and National Security” – “Techno, Baby! Psychological Adjustment to High-Tech Pregnancy Care” – “Potatoes and Power: Excavations at the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Garden at Fort … » More …

WSU professor named Fulbright Senior Specialist
September 12, 2006

PULLMAN–Karen Denise Lupo, associate professor of anthropology at Washington State University, has been named a Fulbright Senior Specialist and has accepted an assignment in Chile.Left: Lupo is pictured with an Aka elephant hunter and his grandson in May while Lupo was doing fieldwork in the Central African Republic.Lupo is a zooarchaeologist. She studies animal bones recovered from archaeological sites. For the last 15 years Lupo has focused on modern hunter-gatherers in Africa. “I’ve spent time watching hunter-gatherers butcher and consume prey, and I have collected the animal bones after they were discarded,” Lupo said. “I document the types, location and morphology of cutmarks and fracture … » More …