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A counterpoint to archaeological myth-making–every effort is made to keep the invective to a dull roar, but to be on the safe side it might be best to plug your ears. Rob Gargett’s achievements include a BA in Archaeology (Simon Fraser University, 1987), “Grave Shortcomings: The Evidence for Neandertal Burial” (Current Anthropology, 1989), a Ph.D. in Anthropology (University of California at Berkeley, 1994), a lectureship in Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology at the University of New England, NSW, Australia, from 1996 to 1999, “Middle Palaeolithic Burial is Not a Dead Issue: The View from Qafzeh, Saint-Césaire, Kebara, Amud, and Dederiyeh” (Journal of Human Evolution, 1999), and, in aggregate, 27 months of field experience in southern central British Columbia (Salishan), Israel (Middle Palaeolithic), France (Mesolithic), Australia, California’s Coast Range, its Central Valley and Great Basin desert regions.
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Neanderthal Childhood? WTF? Spikins et al. Should Get A Grip!
Sometime you just need to rant. This is one of those times. It's not altogether scholarly. But, neither is the work we're dealing with today. I guess it goes without saying: it's your choice whether to read or take a pass. I'm talking about Spikins et al.’s...
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Neanderthal Childhood? WTF? Spikins et al. Should Get A Grip!
I’m sure there are those who’d claim that my work is ‘substandard,' ‘subjective,’ ‘sub-par,’ ’substantively lacking,’ ’superficial,’ even ’superfluous.’ I say let them think so. I’ll just keep pointing errors large and small. For example, in Spikins et al.’...
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The Levallois Technique: Human Evolution or Intelligent Design?
ROB: LINK TO YOUR PREVIOUS POSTS WHERE APPROPRIATE. I'm feeling my oats, today. I've been thinking about my efforts to overturn ideas about the Levallois technique of chipping stone. For a great many archaeologists it represents a technically complex proces...
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Anchor What? No. Angkor Wat! Take A Stroll Around This UNESCO World Heritage Jewel In Your Web Browser. Virtually. For Reals!
Some time ago I blurted out that Google Earth had begun doing pedal-powered "Street Views" of some well-known world heritage properties. The Late-Classic Maya site of Tulum was one of the first, along with Monte Alban in the Valley of Oaxaca [Pronounced Wah...
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Why Are Subversive Archaeologists A Rarity?
Click here for this guy's bio . What do a) the dead white male at left, b) archaeology, and c) the three antitheses  Scientism vs Scientific Empiricist vs Empirical Deductive vs Inductive have in common?  Moreover, what do the three dichotomies denote that'...
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Neanderthal Childhood? WTF? Spikins et al. Should Get A Grip!
Sometime you just need to rant. This is one of those times. It's not altogether scholarly. But, neither is the work we're dealing with today. I guess it goes without saying: it's your choice whether to read or take a pass. I'm talking about Spikins et al.’s...
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The OS Wars Through the Eyes of the <i>Subversive Archaeologist</i>
As a quasi-retired, semi-unemployed, academic archaeologist I have plenty of time to ply my trade, and keep up with current events. But I have to admit that after the disappointments of the G.W. Bush years, and the let-downs bought on by the current POTUS ,...
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Out Of The Closet: Into What? The Subversive Archaeologist Comes Clean
For almost a year my presence here at The Subversive Archaeologist has been increasingly infrequent, to the point where in the past four weeks I've wandered in only four times, and said anything about archaeology, per se , just once. A month and a half ago ...
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Hi, Pat,
Thanks for your encouraging words. I've often wondered if there wasn't a disproportionate number of the "walking wounded" in the academy. I hope that your life on the tropical isle suits your Self. Keep fighting the good fight! And thanks again. 
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Presby-What? Oh. Opia. The Stigmata? Me? No. Astigmatism! Oh. I See.
The chap who wrote the title can obviously see better than I at the moment. I'm taking touch-typing to  new lows—I'm calling it feel-typing, to tweak the standard hand-eye metaphor. I say that 'cause I can see only a white, rectangular blur in front of me, ...
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Not Again!!! Yep! The La Chapelle Not-A-Burial-Pit Not So Much Rectangular as Irregularly Ovaloid.
Despite the creeping understanding that you might begin to find this work of mine to be a tedious interruption of your intellectual life, I never tire of pointing the finger at my sub-sub-sub-field colleagues. "Colleague," and "palaeoanthropologist" are not...
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