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Michael E. Smith
Archaeologist, Arizona State Univ. Aztecs, Teotihuacan. Ancient & modern cities. Transdisciplinary, materialist, deeply historical, occasionally musical.
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Irène DB 20h
'Le Navi' seaside holiday camp (originally known as 'Colonia Marina 28 Ottobre'), Cattolica, Italy Clemente Busiri Vici 1932
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Michael E. Smith 12h
Eruption in AD 540, causing major environmental changes far from the volcano. Is this implicated in the fall of Teotihuacan ???
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Michael E. Smith 13h
I find it hard to take seriously works that use adjectives for nouns. Right now, "The global urban" My response: The global urban WHAT??
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Michael E. Smith 13h
Replying to @monicaMedHist
I think this was dated much earlier in initial studies. I'll take a look. The basic methods used to link such events to archaeological events (using imprecise wavy curves) are incredibly sloppy and ad-hoc, so I am skeptical of many such claims.
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Michael E. Smith 15h
Looking at a call for papers for "long-term perspectives" on governance. Wonder if they are interested in a really long-term view from archaeology.
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Michael E. Smith 15h
I have brought this up with colleagues. For archaeology the harms are not health-based, but they are scientific and professional harms. But most people I talked with about this say this is a question of methods and not ethics. 1/
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Felix Riede 22h
I'm excited to announce this FULLY-FUNDED PhD position in my coming project : New cultural taxonomies for the European Final Palaeolithic (15,000-11,000 cal BP): Let's make cultural taxonomy great again! Deadline Oct 1
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Michael E. Smith Aug 19
- Place of one of the least structured scholarly events I've been in (summer working group that created a breakthrough), as well as one of the most rigid and stultifying events (a conference where presenters were given no time to talk to one another).
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Gina Buckley Aug 19
So excited that my co-authored article with Rebecca Storey and analyzing the burials for from the Central Mexican Formative Period site of Altica (including one highly interesting deviant burial) is now out in Ancient Mesoamerica.
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BAR Publishing Aug 19
Strange, but sometimes our dry & dusty tweets do very well. Let's try: 'midden deposits' & 'chemical sourcing of ceramics' & 'Aztec conquest' & 'a new detailed chronology'. No, I can see many of you will be intrigued but then it is ...
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ian bremmer Aug 19
When your McDonald’s delivery finally arrives
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Michael E. Smith Aug 19
No Greek or Roman examples? Alexandria? Many in ancient Babylonia. Sounds like a typical Eurocentric approach.
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Michael E. Smith Aug 18
Replying to @JacquelynGill
If anthropology/archaeology are part of your view of natural history (as they were for Darwin), then: Rina Swentzell, "Remembering Tewa Houses and Spaces," 1990, Native Peoples 3(2), 6-12. Poetic and very nice.
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Reuters Top News Aug 18
ICYMI: Rock and ash spewed high into the sky when Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano erupted at dawn
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Michael E. Smith Aug 18
Replying to @davidwengrow
I wrote a paper as an undergrad, claiming that the Olmec were a state, not a chiefdom. I was pretty pleased with myself, until George Cowgill commented that perhaps that wasn't the most interesting question to ask about the Olmec. I'd call the Olmec a weak state or chiefdom.
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Secrets Of The Ice Aug 15
Replying to @brearkeologi
Horse snowshoes are depicted as early in Olaus Magnus’ Carta Marina from 1539.
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Michael E. Smith Aug 17
Replying to @dimorei @WesternU and 2 others
Congrats!
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Michael E. Smith Aug 17
Replying to @kinasts @ProfFeynman
This sounds like advice from a best-seller "self-help" book. These are platitudes. They are very bland, and they do nothing to explain why Feynman was a genius or why he made the contributions he did. Some of them don't fit his personality at all.
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Michael E. Smith Aug 17
Replying to @ProfFeynman @kinasts
This is such trite bullshit. Feynman himself would be disgusted if he saw the kind of thing being posted in his name.
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Michael E. Smith Aug 17
Replying to @Chastitellez
We need a final episode of "Taco Chronicles," the U.S. transformation of tacos into awful, disgusting, things.
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