The bones that lie below the ruins of a medieval fortress in Dmanisi, Georgia, tell a story about the exodus of early humans from Africa almost two million years ago. The remains of five early humans, known as Homo erectus, have been found at Dmanisi. This 1.78 million-year-old World Heritage site is located in the country of Georgia on a promontory above where the Masavera and Pinasauri Rivers converge.
A new study from the National Academy of Sciences finds that many members of minority groups think of themselves as environmentalists, only maybe not in the ways that "mainstream environmentalism" sees itself. Article from CityLab, the urban issues platform from The Atlantic Monthly.
In Minnesota, another step in efforts by indigenous people and local governments to recognize the layered names for lands associated with the state's waters. This case is in Red Wing, on the Mississippi River.
As plans move forward for revitalization of the Los Angeles River, questions arise about the potential for "green gentrification." Waterfront redevelopments often do not serve everyone in the community; many eyes will be on LA to see if this problem can be solved.
The title of the 1976 novella by Norman Maclean, A River Runs through It, is also an apt description of the career of Minnesota archaeologist Douglas A. Birk, who passed away unexpectedly in March 2017. Actually, several rivers run through his remarkable and pioneering career, which spanned nearly 50 years. Birk was among the first historical archaeologists to conduct underwater investigations of sites relating to the North American fur trade along the “voyageur’s highway,” the chain of rivers, lakes, and overland portages that run along the Minnesota-Canadian border.
On the drive northward from the Twin Cities on the straight and flat road of I-94, and then Minnesota’s Highway 10, the landscape of urban and suburban development slowly cedes to wide open fields and scattered towns, sometimes lined with rows and patches of trees. This is not the most exciting or scenic of drives, but it’s exciting to us nevertheless, because this is the way toward another season of archaeological fieldwork on a late eighteenth-century fur trade post located on the Leaf River in Wadena County.