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The research blog of a working academic archaeologist with a Ph.D. in Anthropology from University of California, Berkeley.

Colleen Morgan
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  • September 12, 2013
  • 04:17 AM
  • 316 views

The Curious Case of Mr. Hans Jonatan: Iceland, the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and Genetics in Archaeology

by Colleen Morgan in Middle Savagery

Recent research into genetics and the complicated history of the Transatlantic slave trade has revealed an unlikely but important ancestor of nearly 500 Icelandic people: Hans Jonatan. EUROTAST, a Marie Curie-funded research initiative from a consortium of international universities into … Continue reading →... Read more »

Kristín Loftsdóttir, & Gísli Pálsson. (2013) Black on White: Danish Colonialism, Iceland and the Caribbean. Scandinavian Colonialism and the Rise of Modernity: Small Time Agents in a Global Arena. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-6202-6_3  

  • July 22, 2013
  • 11:01 AM
  • 319 views

Mount Everest and Romney’s Kendal Mint Cake

by Colleen Morgan in Middle Savagery

It was probably the old-timey packaging that attracted my attention. Nestled in-between the CLIF and LUNA energy bars was a slim, indigo blue wrapper that would not have been out of place on old money, or a commemorative plate. On … Continue reading →... Read more »

Elizabeth Mazzolini. (2010) Food, Waste, and Judgment on Mount Everest. Cultural Critique, 1-27. info:/10.1353/cul.2010.0013

  • July 12, 2013
  • 04:59 AM
  • 340 views

Flaked Glass Tools & Leprosy in Paradise

by Colleen Morgan in Middle Savagery

Back in 2008 I worked with my good friends James Flexner and Jesse Stephens on Moloka’i, the 5th largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. We recorded surface middens and opened up very small excavation test pits in the leprosarium on … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • April 18, 2013
  • 12:58 AM
  • 619 views

The “Tomb Raider Temple” – Ta Prohm at Angkor Wat

by Colleen Morgan in Middle Savagery

What have you seen? It’s a common question in Siem Reap, home to the many hostels and hotels that feed tourists to the Angkor Wat temple complex. Sunburnt tourists trade stories while cooling off in the bar with a can … Continue reading →... Read more »

Winter, T. (2002) Angkor Meets Tomb Raider : setting the scene. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 8(4), 323-336. DOI: 10.1080/1352725022000037218  

  • March 18, 2013
  • 08:58 AM
  • 328 views

Post-Apocalyptic Foodways: the Archaeological and Ethnographic Evidence

by Colleen Morgan in Middle Savagery

Popular television and movies like The Walking Dead, I Am Legend and other post-apocalyptic dramas are usually framed in the modern day or near-future, with the characters battling the odds to stay alive in radically changed living conditions. Cormac McCarthy’s … Continue reading →... Read more »

Morell-Hart, S. (2012) Foodways and Resilience under Apocalyptic Conditions. Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment, 34(2), 161-171. DOI: 10.1111/j.2153-9561.2012.01075.x  

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