“With the help of new archaeological approaches, our picture of young lives in the Palaeolithic is now marvellously vivid.”
Deep Time Sickness
In Noema, Lachlan Summers investigates the long-lasting effects earthquakes have had on Mexico City’s denizens — aftershocks that manage to be both physical and psychological. These are the tocado, the “touched,” forever in fear of the next stage of dissolution. For buildings in Mexico City, destruction is seldom an absolute condition. Residents, and especially people who are tocado, attune […]
An Interview with MacArthur ‘Genius’ Jason De León
The anthropologist studies the objects left behind by migrants as they cross the border.
Civilization Was Supposed to Make Our Lives Better, Right?
Cultivating crops led to permanent settlements, but also greed and exploitation. Was it all worth it?
‘I Started to Think About the Prospect of Documenting a Culture That I Understood.’
After my internship, my first assignment for National Geographic was a story about the Zinacenteco Indians in the highlands of Chiapas. The subject was interesting but very challenging. As a woman, my access was mostly limited to other women who only spoke the Maya language I was struggling to learn. Once I traversed the language barrier, it […]
Really Old Stuff: A Reading List About Our Prehistoric Past
Four stories that take us millennia back into the past.